Call Of The Day: Investigate Approval of White House Security Clearances Against Expert Advice

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On January 24th, 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 entanglementslack of foreign policy experienceomissions 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.

A month later on February 28th, the New York Times is reporting that Trump himself ordered a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner, against the advice of his then Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn. In January, Trump stated he had no involvement in Kushner's security clearance.

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: (504) 838-0130; Monroe:  (318) 324-2111; Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398; Lafayette: (337) 261-1400; Alexandria:  (318) 448-7176; Baton Rouge: (225) 929-7711; Shreveport: (318) 798-3215
 
Senator John Kennedy:  DC office: (202) 224-4623; New Orleans: (504) 581-6190; Mandeville: (985) 809-8153; 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
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].

[IF CALLING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES] I'm calling to voice my strong support for the House Oversight Committee's investigation of the White House's process for awarding security clearance. I’m highly concerned that Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner against the advice of security experts. Congress must investigate this potential threat to our national security.

[IF CALLING THE SENATE] I'm calling to urge the Senate to join their colleagues in the House in investigating the White House's process for awarding security clearances. I’m highly concerned that Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner against the advice of security experts. Congress must investigate this potential threat to our national security.

This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.


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