On January 24, 2019, NBC News released a report confirming that Carl Kline, a Trump-appointed security official, approved Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance status against the advice of two career White House security experts. Kushner’s receipt of top-secret clearance despite his dubious financial entanglements, lack of foreign policy experience, omissions on his security clearance application, and known vulnerability to manipulation by foreign powers is deeply troubling. Disturbingly, NBC reported that Kline granted at least thirty other Trump officials high-level clearance despite objections from security specialists.
The House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has already launched an investigation into the White House’s security clearance process. The NBC report makes it clear the Senate must immediately follow suit. Furthermore, both chambers must call on Carl Kline to testify publicly about why he approved security clearance for Kushner and others against the recommendations of career security experts
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
[WHEN CALLING THE HOUSE] I'm calling to voice my strong support for the House Oversight Committee's investigation of the White House's process for security clearance determinations. I encourage the representative to demand that security official Carl Kline testify publicly before Congress about why he approved security clearances for at least 30 Trump officials against the advice of career security experts.
[WHEN CALLING THE SENATE] I'm calling to urge the senator to demand the Senate join their colleagues in the House in investigating the White House's process for security clearance determinations. I encourage the senator to demand that security official Carl Kline testify publicly before Congress about why he approved security clearances for at least 30 Trump officials against the advice of career security experts.
And while I have you on the line, … when is the senator going to hold a town hall meeting in New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana?
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org which can be viewed here.