Chief of Staff Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants to tighten the administration's security-clearance process following an abuse scandal surrounding one of its top aides.

Among them: Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, both of whom reportedly have interim clearance for Top Secret and SCI clearance - exactly what Kelly's memo revokes next week.

The White House has yet to outline a clear timeline on who knew what and when about Porter's past, which includes accusations by his two former wives of domestic abuse.

Chief of Staff John Kelly proposed a series of tweaks meant to limit temporary security clearances, but which also seemed created to draw a line under the Rob Porter scandal.

"Now is the time to take a hard look at the way the White House processes clearance requests".

The memo is addressed to national security advisor H.R. McMaster and McGahn.

The memo is also copied to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Going forward, all BIs of potential Commissioned Officers should be flagged for the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the outset and then hand-delivered to the White House Counsel personally upon completion.

The White House has been reeling for more than a week amid shifting explanations of how Mr. If any derogatory information turns up, no interim clearance is issued and the worker must wait until the full investigation is finished, said the official, who wasn't authorized to discuss the clearance process and demanded anonymity. But Kelly writes he is still not sure whether this is achievable. In November, one official said, one of Porter's ex-girlfriends called McGahn to describe allegations of domestic abuse by the aide.

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Dozens of White House aides have been working under interim clearances for months, according to administration officials, raising questions about the administration's handling of the issue and whether classified information has been jeopardized. Administration officials also have suggested that results of that investigation were closely held within the office.

"There isn't a defined timeframe but that kind of chaos for individuals as vital as White House staffers is not what I understand to be standard practice", Moss said, adding that he has "heard of government contractors being pressed to quickly fill out an SF86 in a matter of days" but "that has nearly always been in situations where the person already holds a clearance and all they need to do is update their prior submission".

Kelly's response to the allegations raised suspicion after he made statements that appeared to conflict with the White House's comments on when it became aware of the allegations.

Wray this week also pushed back against the idea his agency did anything improper in its handling of Porter's clearance.

Mr. Wray, who was appointed to the job by President Trump after he fired James Comey nine months ago, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that in doing a background check before Mr.

The questionnaire, which is technically 127 pages (although some pages don't apply and others might go unused), is used for "background investigations, reinvestigations, and continuous evaluations of persons under consideration for, or retention of, national security positions", according to the Office of Management and Budget. He said additional information was turned over to the White House this month, maintaining that proper protocols had been followed.

Kelly also proposed that the significant derogatory information discovered in the background check be reported to the White House in 48 hours. National Economic Council official George David Banks, who had served since February 2017, resigned this week after being informed he wouldn't receive a permanent security clearance.

Additionally, the Chief of Staff wrote that the Personnel Security Office needs "major changes to reduce redundancies and bottlenecks".