Donald Trump’s Rob Porter scandal is causing WAY more damage to his precious White House than he could have ever anticipated. After the former White House staffer resigned over domestic violence allegations from two of his ex-wives, Trump probably thought Porter’s name would fade into the background and he could just sweep the scandal under the rug. But unfortunately, the fact that Porter didn’t have full security clearances while he was working in the White House is sticking around to haunt Trump — and now it’s threatening to take down many more in the Trump administration.
This won’t surprise anyone, but the sloppy dysfunction in Trump’s White House is now its downfall. In the aftermath of Porter’s scandal, it’s now been discovered that he was far from the only one who didn’t have proper security clearance. Last week it was reported that “30 to 40” White House officials did not have permanent clearance! More recent reports have even stated that the number is now much higher — and includes several of Trump’s top advisors.
CNN and NBC News are now reporting that over 100 White House staffers did not have full security clearances as of November — and two of them are uncomfortably close to Trump. Yup — Trump’s precious daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are on that list. So are White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House counsel Don McGahn, and White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah. And like many things that happen in Trump’s White House, this looks incredibly shady. Former Republican congressman Mike Rogers weighed in on the matter on CNN, stating that the security clearance delay was not normal. The one-time House Intelligence Committee chairman said:
It’s unusual that so many have taken so long.”
While a delay in security clearance is not a guarantee that there is “something problematic in an individual’s background” that is holding up the delay, that was certainly the case with wife beater Porter. And being that they are so close to Trump, we can only imagine what might be holding Ivanka and Jared’s security clearances back!
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