The president's crusade to grant clearance to his daughter and husband Jared Kushner ranks West Wing officials.
While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most cases are left to the White House staff safety bureau. This determines whether an employee should be granted an employee after the FBI has performed a background check. However, after the human resources office voiced concerns, Trump urged Kelly and McGahn to make the decision to release his daughter and son-in-law so that it did not look like he was spoiling the process to benefit his family, CNN said , After both had refused, Trump granted them their security clearance.
The recent discovery also contradicts Ivanka's Trump's rejection of ABC News three weeks ago when she said her father has "no involvement" in her or Kushner's clearances.
Several sources told CNN that it was possible they did not know about the red flags that were fired during their background review process, as well as the President's involvement. According to a source familiar with her trial, she "did not involve an outside lawyer in her litigation because no issues were raised". Another person added that she had been informed by officials of her career about her approval. Kushner's approval was downgraded in February 201
Asked for comment, White Sarah Sanders, press secretary of House, said: " We do not comment on the safety distances. "
"We can not respond to any anonymous source," she added.
Kelly could not be reached for comment. McGahn declined to comment on this story.
Being a married couple, concerns that arose during a person's security clearance could stall or prevent them from getting full clearance. According to one source, the officials were concerned about granting Trump an exemption that was different from those raised about her husband, although it is not clear what the concerns are about them. At the time, the couple told their colleagues that they believed that Kelly was preventing them from getting clearance because he did not feel they belonged to the West Wing.
The president advocated that his son-in-law request a permit for his comprehensive portfolio, which includes a peace proposal for the Middle East, and for the increased review of Kushner's inability to obtain a permit, the sources said. His daughter's portfolio did not require a high-level security audit, even though she was the senior consultant inaugurating confidential information when discussing with other senior officials.
On Tuesday, the White House returned a petition from House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for security clearance documents. White House attorney Pat Cipollone said the committee's request for information was "without legal support, clearly premature, and points to a violation of the constitutionally required accommodation process."
The rejection of the White House increases the chances of summoning the house.