Four Commerce Dept. officials lose jobs over background check issues: report 

Four Commerce Dept. officials lose jobs over background check issues: report 
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Four political appointees at the Commerce Department lost their jobs on Tuesday because of problems in their background checks, The Washington Post reported.

The four appointees, who were working with temporary security clearances, are the latest administration officials to encounter issues amid increasing scrutiny of those trying to obtain permanent clearances.

One of the appointees, Fred Volcansek, served as a senior adviser to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSpace race is on: US can't afford congressional inaction in this critical economic sector Trump escalates fight over tax on tech giants The Hill's Morning Report - Intel panel readies to hand off impeachment baton MORE for several months and was an advance staffer organizing events for Trump's campaign. He told the Post that agency officials would not tell him why he was being let go.

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“What’s interesting is that my investigation went on for 13 months,” he told the newspaper. “If they found something ... why didn’t they bring it up before?”

The three other appointees left their posts at the Commerce Department after they were denied permanent security clearances, the Post reported.

One of the appointees told the Post that he had been planning to leave for a few weeks and resigned on Tuesday.

Public scrutiny of staffers' security clearances has ticked up in recent weeks after it was reported that former White House staff secretary Rob Porter had issues obtaining his clearance due to allegations of past domestic abuse from his two ex-wives.

Porter resigned shortly after the allegations were made public earlier this month.

News also emerged Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrat calls for investigation of possible 'inappropriate influence' by Trump in border wall contract Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign MORE had his security clearance downgraded last week because of complications with his background check.

Kushner was among dozens of Trump administration staffers who still lacked full security clearances.