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House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chief

House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chiefThe Democratic chairman of a congressional committee has put off holding a former White House security clearance chief in contempt until after the panel interviews him about decisions made on some of President Donald Trump’s advisers. The House Oversight and Government Reform committee voted last week to subpoena Carl Kline over whistleblower allegations that the Trump administration inappropriately reversed career officials’ decisions to deny some advisers security clearances. Congressional sources said the aides included Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.



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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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UPDATE 7-House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive' obstruction; Trump vows to fight

UPDATE 7-House panel chair accuses Trump of 'massive' obstruction; Trump vows to fightThe Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of a “unprecedented, and growing pattern of obstruction” after he ordered federal employees not to comply with congressional investigations. The Republican president ordered officials not to obey legal requests from the Democratic-led House of Representatives, which is carrying out multiple investigations of his administration, including his tax returns, White House security clearances and the probe of Russian interference in U.S. politics. “President Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up – without any assertion of a valid legal privilege,” Representative Elijah Cummings, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.



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UPDATE 2-U.S. House panel to vote on holding White House ex-official in contempt

UPDATE 2-U.S. House panel to vote on holding White House ex-official in contemptA U.S. House committee will vote on holding a former White House security director in contempt for failing to appear for questioning on allegations the Trump administration inappropriately granted clearances to some of the president’s advisers, the panel’s chairman said on Tuesday. “We will hold a vote of our committee shortly to hold him in contempt and then we will check with House counsel … to see where we go from there,” House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said in an interview with MSNBC. Carl Kline, who served as the White House personnel security chief for the first two years of Republican Donald Trump’s presidency and now works for the Department of Defense, had been called to appear before the committee at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT).



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U.S. House panel chair subpoenas ex-White House counsel McGahn on Mueller inquiry

U.S. House panel chair subpoenas ex-White House counsel McGahn on Mueller inquiryU.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the panel in its investigation of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. In a statement, Nadler, a Democrat, said the committee had asked for documents from McGahn by May 7 and for him to testify on May 21. A report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller publicly released on Thursday by the Justice Department said Trump asked McGahn to fire Mueller as he was investigating suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Moscow officials.



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House panel subpoenas McGahn on Mueller inquiry

House panel subpoenas McGahn on Mueller inquiryFormer White House counsel Don McGahn is called to testify as the House probes possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.



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House panel chair subpoenas ex-White House counsel McGahn on Mueller inquiry

House panel chair subpoenas ex-White House counsel McGahn on Mueller inquiryU.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Monday subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the panel in its investigation of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. In a statement, Nadler, a Democrat, said the committee had asked for documents from McGahn by May 7 and for him to testify on May 21. A report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller publicly released on Thursday by the Justice Department said Trump asked McGahn to fire Mueller as he was investigating suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Trump campaign members and Moscow officials.



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Ivanka Trump could be on next target list from House Democrats: panel chairman

Ivanka Trump could be on next target list from House Democrats: panel chairmanThe list of people from whom Democrats sought documents for a corruption investigation of the president covered a who’s who of Trump family members and associates. Also absent from the list were former senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly and economic adviser Gary Cohn. Both spent more than a year in Trump’s inner circle and have featured prominently in books and other published accounts of conditions in the Trump White House.



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House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White House

House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White HouseAfter weeks of White House stonewalling, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, in a letter to the White House, said “I am now writing a final time to request your voluntary cooperation.” Cummings panel has subpoena power. Cummings highlighted in his letter a New York Times story that said Trump ordered his former chief of staff John Kelly to provide Kushner with clearance over objections from Kelly and Donald McGahn, then White House counsel. The Times said Kelly and McGahn both wrote memos about the incident and that McGahn outlined concerns raised about Kushner by career security officials, including CIA officers.



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