Elijah Cummings Opens House Oversight’s First Investigation Into the Trump Administration
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Wednesday announced that his Committee was launching a wide-ranging investigation into breaches with the security clearance process at the White House and the Transition Team. In a letter to the White House, Cummings seeks information about reports of security clearance issues involving former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; current National Security Advisor John Bolton; unofficial Advisor-on-all-the-things Jared Kushner; and former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, among others. “For the past two years, I have sought information with other Committee Members about a series of extremely troubling incidents regarding the security clearances of some of President Trump’s top aides, but the White House has refused to provide the information we requested, often ignoring our requests completely,” Cummings wrote. He also seeks documents relating to former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s review of security clearance processes in 2018, as well as documents regarding why the WH is currently violating the bipartisan SECRET Act -- which Donald Trump signed into law -- which required the administration to submit a report to Congress by August 2018 on its procedures for adjudicating security clearances. Letters were also sent to VP Mike Pence in his capacity as Chair of the Transition Team, the FBI, the Department of State, and the National Rifle Association. News of this investigation came hours before Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, postponed his testimony before the Committee -- citing threats he feels have come from the president and Rudy Giuliani against his family. More here.