The Washington Post reports that Kushner, whose portfolio encompasses issues ranging from the Middle East peace process to modernizing the federal government's use of technology, has put in more requests for US intelligence information than any White House staffer not working for the National Security Council.
"Since we are now past the one-year mark of this administration and the reduction in volume of new entrants now allows more significant formalization and reforms of the process", Kelly wrote, "now is the time to take a hard look at the way the White House processes clearance requests".
To be sure, there appear to be plenty of White House officials whose security clearance status remains in question.
Wray testified this week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided an update on Porter to the White House in November and closed its file in January. "Who else is now working at the White House following the completion of a background investigation without being able to obtain a permanent security clearance?" The memo also recommends that all Top Secret and SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearances that have been pending since last June be discontinued in a week.
And while members of the National Security Council reportedly request more intel than Kushner, there's reason to be anxious about security clearances among that group as well. Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, told The Associated Press this week that Kushner has been working on an interim clearance for more than a year as his background check was being conducted.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one his closest advisers, shouldn't have access to classified information until he can pass a comprehensive background check.
Kelly sent a five-page document to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy chief of staff for operations Joseph Hagin and Donald McGahn, counsel to the president. He said additional information was turned over to the White House this month, maintaining that proper protocols had been followed. "But recent events have exposed some remaining shortcomings".
You also testified yesterday that the F.B.I. completed a background investigation into White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter in late July, yet he remained in his position until last week. Porter faces allegations of spousal abuse from his two ex-wives.
As the CNN reportpointed out, having staff members - particularly this number of staff members - without permanent clearance can hamper the administration's "ability to perform essential functions". His role as Senior Advisor to the President with a focus on brokering peace in the Middle East also give him access to highly sensitive and classified information.
Reed Cordish's departure comes as the White House has faced an exodus of high-level staff in recent weeks and a scandal over its handling of domestic abuse charges and security clearances. That has eroded in a week's time, as accounts about the handling of the Porter matter continue to shift and some aides came to believe Kelly lied to save face and save his job.
The agency acknowledged the tip-off on Friday, as anger mounted in the U.S. over the authorities' handling of the issue. Broward County police released further details of the suspect's movements before and after the shooting .
Police armed with heavy weaponry swarmed Highline College in Washington state on Friday morning after the reports of shots. Federal officials said they had found no evidence of a shooter nor any victims but continued to clear the campus .
On Friday afternoon, officials became aware of social media postings containing alleged threats against the high school. Wilbourn says a student reported to a school administrator that a classmate posted a threat on social media.
Joe Tessitore, Steve Levy and Dave Pasch were three names the Post said could be candidates if ESPN makes a change from McDonough. According to a report from the New York Post , the Worldwide Leader plans to "back up the truck" in order to land Manning.
However, following a scheduling conflict in 2014 - forcing the NFL to move its date back, the league took the Draft on the road. The city was named earlier Thursday as the host for the United States' Davis Cup quarterfinal match against Belgium in April.
If you were in Miami last week and didn't receive a thick wad of bills from Canadian rapper Drake , stop reading this now. Today, the rapper posted the video for his song " God's Plan " that he's been filming around Miami this month.
Moving averages can help smooth out these erratic movements by removing day-to-day fluctuations and make trends easier to spot. Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. price was kept to a minimum $3.3 in intra-day trade and has returned -14.99% this year alone.
Deadline reports Wonder Woman star Lucy Davis has been cast as Aunt Hilda in Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina . Gomez will play Mary Wardell, Sabrina's favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High.
The weapon was found to be a pellet gun, and deputies stated the suspect did not have access to any actual firearms. The boy in the video is in custody and has no ties to the Southwest Florida school, deputies said.
The new section of the park includes roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash , Alien Swirling Saucers and a new track of Toy Story Mania . The eagerly-anticipated Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World in Florida is set to open on 30 June, Disney announced on Friday.
Mikaela Shiffrin entered the Winter Olympics as one of the biggest stars and perhaps the most dominant Alpine skier in the world . It's the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too risky for competition .
At the fifth end, South Korea earned two points to widen gap with Canada to 4-1 by pushing out two stones of their rivals. Sweden. "Twenty-four guys playing their first Olympic game - the hype, the long day - you use a lot of energy".
Amy has been romantically linked to Chris since November but she only confirmed her romance with him earlier this month. She must have really loved it, because she pulled it out again for BFF Amy Schumer's surprise wedding this week.
The NBA at-large has not noticed this lack of stardom in tinsel town but the denizens of Los Angeles are already growing restless. With that in mind, I thought I'd breakdown the most important aspects of NBA All-Star Weekend and what to watch out for.
David Barkho says his son phoned and begged him to call authorities after he suffered a head injury while on the ship. She also said members of the family were involved in other incidents during the cruise, but declined to elaborate.
Rublev advanced to the quarterfinals by beating fellow qualifier Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Also, Grigor Dimitrov won by a almost identical score as Federer, defeating Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption Celebrating Chinese-African ties? She's accompanied by a monkey, which is played by... The sketch was broadcast from the CCTV Spring Festival Gala , an annual variety show, watched by over 800 million people.
But some big steel-consuming manufacturers saw their share prices decline. "That could open the door for a global trade war". One Clinton administration trade adviser told Bloomberg a year ago the 1962 law is like a "sledgehammer" on trade.
The two appeared before a federal judge in Lower Manhattan where they were arraigned on federal explosives-related charges. Mayor Bill de Blasio also reassured citizens that there was "no imminent threat directed at New York City at this time".
Apple has told developers that new apps submitted by April should embrace the iPhone X's notch and almost bezel-less display. The new iOS brought with it a host of bugs for users, with the worst of it hitting iPhone and iPad owners late a year ago .
The decision about the change was likely made in response to the deal with Getty Images that Google settled last week. The case got worse when stock photography website Getty Images filed a complaint against it in Europe.
What makes this play particularly fascinating from a chess-match perspective is just how long the Eagles allowed it to marinate. Similar to every Super Bowl the Patriots have played in, the game came down to the wire, the last play and the final whistle.