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Politics Another White House Official Just Resigned Because He Couldn’t Get a Security Clearance

23:42  14 february  2018
23:42  14 february  2018 Source:   time.com

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A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security clearance , according to a Politico report. The departure of George David Banks

A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security clearance The White House subsequently accepted his offer of resignation , he said. “It was an honor to serve the president at the White House and I look forward

a man wearing a suit and tie: George David Banks, White House Special Assistant, attends an event titled: © Lukas Schulze—Getty Images, George David Banks, White House Special Assistant, attends an event titled: "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November

A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security clearance, according to a Politico report.

The departure of George David Banks, who advised the White House on energy and environment as a member of the National Economic Council, comes amid growing criticism of a slew of senior officials working in the Trump administration without permanent security clearance.

Dozens at White House lack permanent security clearances

  Dozens at White House lack permanent security clearances The departure of an aide accused of domestic violence puts background investigations in the spotlight.People familiar with the security-clearance process said one of those White House officials with an interim approval is Jared Kushner — the president’s son-in-law and one of his most influential advisers.

Third White House staffer resigns over security clearances ..02/14/2018 14:26:27PM EST. George David Banks, a senior official on the National Economic Council, failed to get his clearance because of his past marijuana use.

George David Banks, a former aide in the George W. Bush administration, resigned Wednesday - Banks advised the Trump White House on international energy, environment and #climate issues.

Banks told Politico that the White House Counsel’s office said Tuesday that he would not receive permanent clearance because he had admitted to smoking pot in 2013. The White House subsequently accepted his offer of resignation, he said.

“It was an honor to serve the president at the White House and I look forward to supporting the president in the future,” he told Politico.

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last Wednesday following public allegations that he abused multiple ex-wives. David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, resigned on Friday over domestic abuse allegations. As many as 40 White House officials are said to be working without full security clearance, including Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son and law and key advisor, according to a CNN report.

Why do so many top White House officials lack full security clearances?

  Why do so many top White House officials lack full security clearances? Neither the White House nor the FBI is taking responsibility in the high backlog of security clearancesOn Monday, the White House blamed delays in the security clearance process on the FBI, but in another sign of the strain between the bureau and the White House, the FBI responded in a statement that they just conduct the background check, they don't grant security clearances, reports CBS News' Jeff Pegues.

A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security At least 100 White House officials served with 'interim' security clearances until November. Trump aides are asked if they are vulnerable to blackmail.

White House aide George David Banks, whose portfolio included Paris climate deal, resigns after leaning he won' t get a security clearance .

Banks, a former aide in the George W. Bush administration, advised the Trump White House on international energy, environment and climate issues. He often served as the administration’s public face on international climate change issues, including at international climate change negotiations.

White House officials in at least the previous administration have admitted to smoking marijuana, including President Obama and his National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Trump administration has shifted gears on marijuana, making enforcement of the federal restrictions on the drug a priority.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. An email to Banks’s White House email address was returned as undeliverable early Wednesday afternoon.

Trump: Kelly to decide Kushner security clearance .
President Donald Trump said Friday he will not make the decision on whether to let Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, keep his temporary security clearance, telling reporters at the White House that he will let chief of staff John Kelly make the decision. "That will be up to General Kelly. General Kelly respects Jared a lot and General Kelly will make that call," Trump said at a news conference. "I won't make that call. I will let the general, who is right here, make that call. Jared is doing some very important things for our country. He gets paid zero.

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