In a Tuesday letter to House Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), White House counsel Pat Cipollone rejected the committee’s request for documents relating to the process used to grant or deny White House personnel security clearances.
According to AXIOS, Cipollone claimed:
‘Although we are prepared to continue negotiations in good faith, the Committee seeks unilateral concessions without any offer of accommodation on its part, and then complains that the White House has refused to simply turn over everything the Committee inappropriately seeks. These actions suggest that the Committee is not interested in proper oversight, but rather seeks information that it knows cannot be provided consistent with applicable law. We will not concede the Executive’s constitutional prerogatives or allow the Committee to jeopardize the individual privacy rights of current and fo1mer Executive Branch employees.’
That doesn’t seem to be a problem for House Oversight Committee. According to AXIOS:
‘House Oversight Committee in early February had already obtained the leaked documents that detail the entire process, from the spring of 2017 to the spring of 2018, on how both Kushner and Trump were ultimately granted their security clearances.’
It’s hardly surprising to find the House already has the documents. The Trump administration is well-known to have more leaks than a canoe full of woodpeckers.
Trump’s position in the ongoing tug-o-war over his children’s security clearances is part of a pattern. Trump routinely expects everyone to trust the people he tells them to trust, simply because he says so. That sort of high-handed authoritarianism never ends well. Not to mention Trump’s well-documented history of hiring incompetents and criminals.
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