Bharara trolls WH: Every member of Mueller's team has a permanent security clearance
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Former U.S. Attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaBernie Sanders says he would move to 'rotate' Supreme Court justices if elected Debate crowd breaks into laughter after hot mic snafu Preet Bharara: Barr's excuse for not testifying to House 'rhymes with snitty' MORE trolled the White House in a tweet Wednesday after it was reported that more than a hundred of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE’s staffers worked without permanent security clearances as recently as November.

“You know who has permanent security clearances? Every member of special counsel [Robert] Mueller's team,” Bharara tweeted.

Mueller’s team of investigators, comprised of former prosecutors and Justice Department officials, is investigating potential ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian election meddling.

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CNN reported Wednesday that numerous top officials in Trump’s White House, including his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process MORE, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail MORE and former staff secretary Rob Porter, were three of more than 100 White House staffers that still had an interim security clearance in November, a year after Trump’s election.

At least 24 of the staffers who possessed interim security clearances began working on the first day of the Trump administration in January 2017.

Those officials include a special assistant to Trump on national security affairs and the senior director for international cybersecurity on the National Security Council, according to CNN.

Politico reported Tuesday that the White House banned new interim security clearances late last year, but allowed current staffers with the temporary clearances to remain in their positions.

The reports come amid growing scrutiny over the White House's response to domestic abuse allegations against Porter, who announced he was stepping down last week. Porter held an interim security clearance, leading many to question how his background check was handled.

Two other White House officials have resigned in recent weeks after being denied full security clearances.

Lawmakers have criticized the security clearance process and the White House’s handling of Porter, while the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday announced that they had launched an investigation into Porter’s security clearance.