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At least 100 White House officials served with ‘interim’ security clearances until November

At least 100 White House officials served with ‘interim’ security clearances until November

Some officials who started on January 20, 2017, and were without permanent clearances by November include a special assistant to the president for national security affairs and the National Security Council’s senior director for international cybersecurity.

Officials familiar with the process have said complicated background checks and a backlog at the start of an administration have slowed the clearance process.

Former congressman Mike Rogers, a Republican who chaired the House Intelligence Committee who has been critical of the Trump administration, said this White House’s security clearance policies do not serve the country well.

“The security clearance process is critical to keeping America’s secrets,” he told CNN. “Foreign intelligence services look for vulnerabilities in individuals with access to our most sensitive information. Not following the process is a disservice not only to the individual but to our countries security interests.”

“It’s unusual that so many have taken so long,” he said.

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