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Three House Democrats will introduce legislation on Wednesday to significantly expand congressional oversight of the White House’s security clearance process, as controversy swirls over a former senior White House aide who maintained an interim clearance despite accusations of domestic violence.
WASHINGTON– Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced the “Commonsense Legislation Ensuring Accountability by Reporting Access of Non-Cleared Employees to Secrets (CLEARANCES)" Act that would require the White House to regularly report the status of security clearance holders working in the Executive Office of the President.
WASHINGTON– Today, Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Don Beyer (D-VA) wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting detailed information regarding the White House’s security clearance approval process. The letter follows reports that potentially dozens of senior Trump Administration officials who lack a permanent clearance may currently be accessing highly classified materials that they are not authorized to handle or possess.
In the letter, the Members write:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after FBI Director Christopher Wray's testimony before the Senate contradicted previous White House assertions that they were not aware that former Staff Secretary Rob Porter had been accused of domestic abuse until recently. Rep.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House declined to release the Democratic House Intelligence Committee memo. This memo was created in response to Chairman Nunes’ memo, which was released last week and failed to include material facts about the FBI’s Russia investigation. Rep.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) sent a letter to House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce calling for a hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. In 2017, Rep. Lieu reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation (H.R. 669) to underscore Congress’s role in deciding to launch a nuclear first strike, which is an act of war that only Congress can authorize.
WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) led a letter with Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) asking White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to explain when he had knowledge of the allegations of domestic abuse by White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and the actions he took given that knowledge. According to reports, Mr.
Late last September, I moderated a discussion about North Korea with retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis, whose 37-year military career included a stint running NATO, and Michèle Flournoy, the No. 3 official at the Pentagon during the Obama administration, who has helped shape US policy toward North Korea since 1993.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the White House approved releasing the House GOP’s “Nunes memo” without the companion Democratic memo. Rep. Lieu sits on the House Judiciary committee, which has oversight over the FBI, the Department of Justice and the authorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Rep.
I went into the State of the Union address trying to keep an open mind. President Donald Trump spent the first year of his presidency spewing hateful ideas and promoting policies harmful to our democratic institutions and Americans. Still, I had hoped the president would take steps to unify our increasingly fractured nation. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.