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 WarrenDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Warren introduces petition to end the Electoral College MORE (Mass.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoWarren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Liberal commentator: Trump's warning that supporters could play tough is a 'violent dog whistle' Hirono calls out Trump for 'appalling' comments she says encourage violence 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 KushnerA question of privilege: How Trump could still gut the Mueller report Ex-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Nadler: Half of Trump probe targets likely to comply with document requests 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.