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PoliticsWhite House whistleblower says she felt humiliated after retaliation from boss

02:15  03 april  2019
02:15  03 april  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The White House security specialist who told Congress that at least 25 officials received security clearances despite opposition from career staffers says she felt humiliated by what she considers an act of retaliation from her boss . In an exclusive interview with NBC News

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White House whistleblower says she felt humiliated after retaliation from boss© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Tricia Newbold

The White House security specialist who told Congress that at least 25 officials received security clearances despite opposition from career staffers says she felt humiliated by what she considers an act of retaliation from her boss.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Tricia Newbold said her supervisor moved files to a shelf beyond her reach after she complained about the decision to grant security clearances over the objections of senior staffers.

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The White House whistleblower who accused the Trump administration of pushing through security clearances for staffers who were initially denied Security specialist Tricia Newbold told NBC News that her boss , Carl Kline, moved files to a shelf that was beyond her reach after she complained

"My whistleblower complaint to White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors was leaked to my He said the supervisor is still serving in the same capacity for the VA, even though an inspector general The newest scandal may be retaliation , but it’s now looking like the White House isn’t just a passive

"It was definitely humiliating," said Newbold, a manager in the White House's Personnel Security Office who has a rare form of dwarfism. "...But it didn't stop me from doing what was right."

Newbold's allegations were detailed in a letter that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., released Monday after she spoke to the committee in a private interview in March.

Newbold told the lawmakers that at least 25 applicants were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" including concerns about foreign influence, conflicts of interest, drug use and criminal conduct, according to Cummings letter.

NBC News reported in January that Newbold's boss, Carl Kline, approved Jared Kushner for top secret clearance after it was deemed unfavorable by two career security specialists. The pair had decided against recommending a clearance for Kushner after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

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A whistleblower has come forward to say that dozens of White House security clearance applications rejected by the Personnel Security Office for "serious She said that Kline instructed her "do not touch" the case, and soon afterward, he overturned the rejection and approved the security clearance.

A White House whistleblower has said the Trump administration overruled security experts to give questionable security clearances to more than two She said President Donald Trump’s former White House personnel security director, Carl Kline, personally overruled the career officials’ judgments in

Cummings subpoenaed Kline earlier Tuesday as part of the committee's probe into the matter.

Speaking to NBC News, Newbold, an 18-year government employee, said a sense of duty fueled her decision to speak out to Congress.

"The protection of national security is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, it's a United States issue," said Newbold, who was not speaking in her official capacity. "And we as security professionals owe it to make all our recommendations in the best interest of national security."

Newbold filed a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last October alleging that Kline discriminated against her by moving security files to a new location that was beyond her reach.

"Not once, not twice, three times," Newbold said in the interview.

Newbold was later suspended without pay for two weeks for defying Kline, according to the suspension decision notice obtained by NBC News. The punishment was issued less than a week after the NBC News report about Kushner's security clearance.

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Whistleblower Says White House Overturned 25 Denied Security Clearances. Newbold said that in the case of one official, named only as Senior White House Official 1, staff denied the security clearance request after a background investigation revealed "significant disqualifying factors

She said she had previously lodged concerns with numerous White House officials, including Kline; his She said she has already faced retaliation for declining to issue security clearances and The committee in its Monday memo revealed that it has spoken with other whistleblowers about the

Through his attorney, Kushner has repeatedly declined to comment on his clearance adjudication. In an interview aired on Fox News Monday night, Kushner said: "Over the last few years that I've been here, I've been accused of all different types of things, and all of those things have turned out to be false."

Kline, who left his role at the White House and now works at the Pentagon, has not responded to repeated requests for comment by NBC News. But his lawyer, Robert Driscoll, provided a letter to the house committee saying he would fully cooperate with the investigation.

"The subpoena issued today does not change Mr. Kline's willingness to appear before the committee to answer its legitimate questions truthfully," Driscoll said in a statement released Tuesday. "The facts will prove that he acted appropriately at all times. "

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