(NBC News) – There’s controversy brewing in Washington, D.C. over how President Trump’s family, and other White House staffers, got security clearances, despite opposition from career staffers who found “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds.
Tricia Newbold, an 18-year security veteran, told Congress that the Trump administration overruled at least 25 security clearance denials for the president’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, his daughter Ivanka Trump, and others with what she described as “serious disqualifying issues” like “foreign influence,” “conflict of interest,” financial problems.
Newbold approached the House Oversight Committee in March, which issued a subpoena for the Former White House personnel director to explain how security clearances are approved.
Meanwhile, we’re learning more about a Chinese citizen who was arrested over the weekend after talking her way into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club during his visit to Florida. Authorities say she was carrying two passports, four cell phones, a laptop, a hard drive and a thumb drive containing malicious software.
32-year-old Yujing Zhang is held on charges of lying to agents and illegal entering. Her attorney declined comment.
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