An investigation into the dealing with of labeled data by the White Home and the workforce that oversaw Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency has been launched by the Home Oversight Committee following what it describes as a litany of “grave breaches of nationwide safety on the highest ranges.”
Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), in a letter despatched to the White Home on Wednesday, outlined considerations in regards to the dealing with of delicate data courting again to Trump’s 2016 election.
“For the previous two years, I’ve sought data with different committee members a few sequence of extraordinarily troubling incidents concerning the safety clearances of a few of President Trump’s high aides, however the White Home has refused to supply the knowledge we requested, usually ignoring our requests utterly,” Cummings stated.
The probe is likely one of the first to focus on Trump’s administration since Democrats received the Home majority in November’s elections.
Beneath Cummings, who took the panel’s helm when the brand new Congress convened early this month, the committee has additionally organized for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to testify earlier than it a few controversial change to the 2020 census and for Trump’s former private lawyer, Michael Cohen, to reply questions beneath oath about his previous dealings with the president.
Ross is predicted to testify earlier than the committee on March 14. Cohen had been scheduled to testify on Feb. 7, however on Wednesday he postponed his look, citing ongoing threats towards his household from Trump and the president’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
Cummings’ letter on safety issues singles out for concern nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn, former deputy nationwide safety adviser Okay.T. McFarland, former White Home employees secretary Rob Porter and Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
Based on Cummings’ letter, the investigation will deal with why beforehand established procedures for safeguarding labeled data weren’t adopted and the way a lot labeled data was wrongly supplied to officers who didn’t meet the required requirements.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
It’ll additionally look at methods to “treatment the issues in present White Home programs and practices” and examine why the administration has refused to supply Congress details about its safety clearance course of, as required beneath federal regulation.
Cummings famous that former White Home chief of employees John Kelly has spoken of main “shortcomings” with the White Home’s safety clearance course of, telling his colleagues in a letter final 12 months: “We must always — and sooner or later, should — do higher.”
Cummings’ letter, along with offering a listing of previous examples of concern, requests various paperwork that may cowl the interval from November 2016 to the current. These paperwork are requested by Feb. 6.