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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 WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (Mass.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senators want list of White House officials with interim security clearances Dems send letter probing Kelly, McGahn over Porter allegations Dems call for probe into security clearances after WH aide resignation 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 KushnerKushner resisting giving up top access amid scrutiny over security clearances: report Kelly says he has 'full confidence' in Kushner on foreign policy White House: Security clearance review won't affect Kushner 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.