Six White House aides were removed from their positions at the White House after failing their FBI background checks, POLITICO reported on Thursday.
The aides were allegedly “walked out of the building by security” after they failed to pass the SF86, a set of questions given to candidates vying for positions involving national security.
A representative for the White House could not be reached for comment
Caroline Wiles, President Donald Trump’s director of scheduling, was among the individuals who flunked their test to determine their eligibility for some of the most sensitive positions in the nation. Ms. Wiles is the daughter of Susan Wiles, who served as former Chief of Staff to Governor Rick Scott, and campaign manager for Donald Trump during the 2016 election cycle. Before Trump was officially sworn in as president, Wiles was appointed to the position of deputy assistant secretary. POLITICO reports that sources close to Wiles say she has been offered a different job, this one with the Treasury Department.
As one of the applicants who failed the SF86, Wiles would have been required to pass a lengthy and comprehensive background check, which included questions regarding her credit score, history of substance use and abuse, and several other subjects dealing with a candidate’s personal life. It’s not a questionnaire for candidates interested in top-level security clearance, but nonetheless it’s significantly more intense than your standard job interview set of questions.
The form is used by a wide variety of personnel requesting special security clearance to work for the United States Government, including military personnel, government employees, and government contractors. Applicants must answer all questions truthfully, but space is provided for applicants to further elaborate on answers if necessary.
The questionnaire is exhaustive, and requires that applicants list the names of any current or former spouses or cohabiting romantic partners, as well as any in-laws. The test also requires applicants to give their current address, as well as any previous addresses where the applicant may have lived in the last 10 years. Current and former employment histories are also necessary.
Applicants are also questioned on their history of military service, as well as history of mental illness, and criminal record. A section is set aside for applicants to talk about their history of financial trouble as well, with the form asking applicants whether they have had to declare bankruptcy, had property repossessed, failed to pay taxes, or had their wages garnished. Finally, applicants are also judged on their history of using, purchasing, or selling illegal drugs. Applicants are expected to reference the dates where they had any contact with any illegal narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, amphetamines, or narcotics.
Finally, in one of the last parts of the form, right before applicants are asked to give their explanations of any extenuating circumstances surrounding times they may have gotten on the wrong side of the law, you’ll find this question:
‘Have you ever knowingly engaged in any acts or activities designed to overthrow the United States Government by force?’
We’re guessing answering “yes” to that one would be a hard “no” for a position at the White House.
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