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House Oversight subpoenas White House in security clearance probe

Elijah Cummings
House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday voted 22-15, along party lines, to authorize a subpoena to depose Clark Kline, the former director of the White House's Personnel Security Office, as part of its investigation into the Trump administration's security clearance process.

The big picture: The subpoena — likely the first of many to come — follows revelations by White House whistleblower Tricia Newbold, who told the committee that the Trump administration has reversed denials for 25 security clearance applications. Chairman Elijah Cummings said Monday that if White House officials do not cooperate, the committee will proceed with subpoenas for 4 other current and former White House officials involved in the security clearance process.

Cummings also said Monday that the committee is prioritizing security clearance documents related to the following current and former officials:

  • Ivanka Trump — White House adviser
  • Jared Kushner — White House senior adviser
  • John Bolton — National security adviser
  • Michael Flynn — Former national security adviser
  • Sebastian Gorka — Former deputy assistant to Trump
  • John McEntee — Former personal aide to Trump
  • K.T. McFarland — Former deputy national security adviser
  • Rob Porter — Former White House staff secretary
  • Robin Townley — Former senior director for Africa

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