'The American people do not want a king': White House flat-out rejects House Oversight security clearance document request
The House Oversight Committee, investigating security clearances granted by the Trump Administration, has requested security-related documents from the White House — which, Politico is reporting, is refusing to cooperate with the document requests.
The investigation of the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, came as a result of accusations that the Trump Administration granted more than two dozen clearances despite the objections expressed by security officials. And Politico has obtained a nine-page letter, dated May 1, 2019, that describes the White House’s objections to Cummings’ request for security information.
In the letter, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told Cummings, “Respectfully, it is not within the authority of Congress to second-guess how the president selects his advisors or who has access to the information necessary to provide the president with fully-informed advice.” Cipollone also described the House Oversight Committee’s request for FBI files as “highly inappropriate” and showing a “total disregard for individual privacy.”
Cummings, according to Politico, has denounced the letter as “the latest example of the president’s widespread and growing obstruction of Congress.”
“The American people do not want a king in the White House,” Cummings declared. “They want a president who adheres to the Constitution, who follows the law and who recognizes Congress’ legitimate role as a check and balance on the executive branch.”
White House whistleblower Tricia Newbold has discussed her security-related concerns with the House Oversight Committee. According to Newbold, Carl Kline (former personnel security director for White House) repeatedly approved clearances for White House officials even though their applications for clearances had initially been denied.