House Dems seek to subpoena former White House official over security clearances

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee plan to hold a vote next week on subpoenaing the former White House personnel security director in their investigation into the White House's security clearance process.

Oversight Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.) has called for a committee meeting on Tuesday to vote on a resolution authorizing a subpoena for Carl Kline to testify “in connection with the Committee’s investigation into the security clearance process at the White House.”

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday about the scheduled hearing.

The Oversight panel began investigating the security clearance process in January, once Democrats took control of the panel. They opened a probe following reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE ordered a top-secret clearance for his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFinancial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners MORE.

CNN reported in January that Kline had left the White House and returned to the Pentagon. NBC News reported around the time that Kline had overruled multiple security officials when it came to approving security clearances for Kushner and more than two dozen others.

Cummings has repeatedly complained that the White House has failed to comply with requests for documents and interviews related to the committee’s investigation.

In a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone last month, Cummings warned that the panel would begin subpoenaing officials if the White House did not comply with the requests.

Cipollone has argued that the committee is making “unprecedented and extraordinarily intrusive demands” with its document requests.