Dems call for probe into security clearances after WH aide resignation

A group of Democratic senators are calling for an investigation into White House security clearance procedures following the resignation of a top aide who has been accused of domestic abuse.

Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (Mass.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: Trump is acting like a Russian 'asset' Senators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future. MORE (Hawaii) sent a letter to Wayne Stone, the acting inspector general for the intelligence community, requesting an investigation into the administration’s process for granting security clearances.

The letter questions the White House’s “apparent low and inconsistent threshold” for granting clearance, and specifically points to what the senators call a “failure to seriously vet senior Trump Administration officials — including Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE, Michael Flynn, and Rob Porter.”

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Porter, who announced his resignation on Wednesday, had not been granted full security clearance while at the White House, reportedly after the FBI was made aware of the allegations and a protective order from one of his ex-wives.

“Members of the Senate have sent several requests for information to the administration seeking clarification on the security clearance review process," the letter read. "We are concerned over the apparent low and inconsistent threshold the Trump White House uses for obtaining an interim security clearance.”

A group of ranking Democrats from three powerful House committees sent a similar letter in January seeking information specifically about senior White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, after it was reported that he was still using a temporary security clearance.