A source claiming to be familiar with Newbold's testimony has told Yahoo News that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are "Senior White House Official 1" and "Senior White House Official 2" mentioned in the memo sent to the House Oversight Committee by its Democratic members.
According to the memo, Newbold and a first-line adjudicator denied "Official 1" security clearance after a background investigation revealed "significant disqualifying factors, including foreign influence, outside activities ('employment outside or businesses external to what your position at the EOP [Executive Office of the President] entails'), and personal conduct." Carl Kline, director of Trump's personnel security office, was said to have overruled these concerns.
In the case of "Official 2," Newbold told staffers that she "recommended against" the application, providing an "extremely thorough" 14-page adjudication summary "that described multiple disqualifiers, including foreign influence and outside activities." Kline reportedly told Newbold that she should "not touch" the case, with the clearance subsequently approved.
Speculation about Jared and Ivanka's security clearance has dogged Trump since well before the 2016 election, and has continued well into his presidency. Commenting on Newbold's testimony, social media users predictably divided along familiar pro-Trump anti-Trump lines.
The president's supporters accused lawmakers of "grasping at straws" in the wake of the collapse of the Russiagate investigation, sarcastically dismissing the new claims and asking for proof of illegal activity.
How many times are you guys going to "leak" this same freaking story?— Mr. Cain Thaler (@Mr_Cain_Thaler) 2 апреля 2019 г.
We know. We've known for 2 years. Nobody cares. It won't catch next year when you're scraping the barrel again either.
Grasping at straws lol give up already— BIG T (@TheonlybigT) 2 апреля 2019 г.
If Adam Schiff can keep his security clearance, there is no threshold or red flags. Bullwinkle, Rocky, Boris and Natasha will all qualify.— Sooo_NOTaFeminist (@OCDVirgo51) 1 апреля 2019 г.
Obama administration did the same thing. So what?— Black Ghost (@BlackGh32456224) 1 апреля 2019 г.
How do you whistleblow something that isn’t illegal? 🤔— BIG T (@TheonlybigT) 2 апреля 2019 г.
Trump's opponents made the opposite claim, asking Representative Cummings to subpoena Jared and Ivanka as "national security threats."
They will never, ever cooperate, @RepCummings. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are national security threats who think they're above the law. Please, just subpoena them already. https://t.co/0gbHMvuBq7— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) 2 апреля 2019 г.
This should stay at the forefront of sustained, mass public outcry.— Nate Powell (@Nate_Powell_Art) 1 апреля 2019 г.
Ivanka & Jared are clear, *proven* national security threats, and must be removed *immediately*.
They never should’ve been installed in the first place. https://t.co/2Bp8d0laxO
Others, including the journalist who penned the Yahoo News piece featuring the 'anonymous source', took a more comedic approach, while some users complained about how convoluted the anti-Trump claims have become.
Hard to keep track off all these code names. Individual 1, Official 1, lol— Scott Gillam (@firstnamescott) 2 апреля 2019 г.
"Unnamed source says" is bs. Not that I doubt it, but come ON.— Julie (@Manyakitty307) 2 апреля 2019 г.
Finally, a few straggler anti-Trumpers even tried to swing the story around back to Russiagate, despite the fact the collusion narrative was debunked following the release of a summary of special counsel Mueller's probe last week.
Trump’s family members—Kremlin🇷🇺Barbie Ivanka and Jared Kushner—are among the “dozens” of people for whom the Trump🇷🇺Administration gifted clearances, overruling non-partisan career professionals who deemed them a SECURITY RISK.🤬#Nepotism#Corruptionhttps://t.co/6YFVmewoUg— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) 2 апреля 2019 г.