Recent WH scandals renew attention on security clearance backlog, process

Recent scandals at the White House have renewed concerns about the security clearance process and the backlog, New York Times reports.

Both Jared Kushner, a senior White House advisor who has been investigated for his connections with Russia and Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned last week after abuse allegations by his former wives, were operating on an interim status while the FBI was conducting their full background investigation, the report notes.

Officials from previous administrations have said it is not uncommon for a full background check to take as long as eight months to a year because of the long backlog, and on Monday White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders directed any questions and issues with security clearances to the FBI, according the article.

Reader comments

Wed, Feb 14, 2018

I find it amazing that after what was done in the dark (Porter comes to light and the facts are known the WH still tries to defer to the FBI. I for one know for a FACT that the cases are provided to the WH and it is "up to them" to decide what they wish to with the information obtain. Quit blaming the FBI for your own mistakes. Look in the mirror...Hmmm you don't like what you see your own reflection of yourself!!

Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Remember political thugs can circumvent a security clearance. Look at our appointed officials as good examples of corrupt thugs who are in power. This is so rampant in the previous and current administrations from all levels up and down the feeding chain.

Wed, Feb 14, 2018

If it's in The New York Times, it must be true.

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