Veteran security adviser warns Trump administration ignored ‘disqualifying issues’ including foreign influence and conflict of interest

A White House whistleblower has told members of Congress that Donald Trump’s administration overturned more than two dozen denials for security clearances, often ignoring the guidance of intelligence officials.

Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser holding nearly two decades of experience with clearances, made the allegations during an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee last month, according to a letter and memo released Monday by Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

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