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White House whistleblower "humiliated" after security clearance report

The Trump administration is accused of reversing 25 security clearance denials.
The Trump administration is accused of reversing 25 security clearance denials. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Whitehouse whistleblower Tricia Newbold told NBC News Tuesday a supervisor left her feeling "humiliated' after she reported the Trump administration had reversed 25 security clearance denials.

What she's saying: The White House whistleblower told NBC’s Peter Alexander the supervisor moved files to a shelf beyond her reach. "It was definitely humiliating," said Newbold, who has been a White House security adviser for 18 years and has a rare form of dwarfism. "But it didn’t stop me from doing what was right."

Details: Newbold said national security was an American issue, rather than a Democratic or Republican one. "We as security professionals owe it to make all our recommendations in the best interest of national security," she said.

The big picture: In response to Newbold's report, House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has sent a letter asking the White House to cooperate with the committee's investigation into security clearances. It specifically names President Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

  • Trump's son-in-law told Fox News Monday he couldn't comment on the White House’s process, but he had been "accused of all different types of things, and all of those things have turned out to be false."