The incessant stream of scandals marking Donald Trump’s time in office has most recently included a renewed scandal over the status of various White House staffers’ security clearances. That issue burst back to the front of the national conversation after the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who faced credible accusations of domestic violence from two ex-wives. The question raised by the Porter scandal was how a man with such problems in his background could be granted a security clearance in the first place.
In the aftermath of the Porter scandal, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been forced to alter the way that the White House handles security clearances, and now, his change of pace for the West Wing has claimed more political careers.
According to ABC, a number of White House staffers have been “terminated or reassigned for issues related to their security clearances [including] at least one individual employed in the Office of the First Lady [who was] relieved of duty.”
ABC did not identify the staffer who was reportedly fired, although their sources added that there is a “list of several other individuals with security clearance issues that are under consideration for possible termination or reassignment in the coming days.”
Melania Trump herself has kept a rather low profile since coming on as first lady, not yet having unveiled any major plans for her position, although she’s identified combating cyberbullying as an area of interest for her.
An unnamed staffer for the first lady is hardly the only notable one to see their security clearance rolled back in the wake of Kelly’s reforms; Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner also lost his top secret security clearance, although for now at least, he remains on at the White House.
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