The controversy involves a long-serving White House bureaucrat named Tricia Newbold.
The official, Tricia Newbold, says she compiled a list of at least 25 White House officials who were initially denied security clearances due to their backgrounds.
Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the Oversight committee, said Cummings cherry-picked information, claiming that Newbold's list of 25 people includes "non-political officials such as a GSA custodian", according to Politico.
Their decision was overruled by Carl Kline, the political appointee who then headed the office, according to Newbold's interview with committee staff. Yahoo News reported Monday that President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are among the officials involved.
But she said senior Trump aides overturned those decisions, moves that she said weren't made "in the best interest of national security". Newbold said he routinely "failed to address" a list of disqualifying concerns discovered by employees who vetted candidates.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has claimed on Fox News that more ex-felons have registered for the Republican Party in Florida than the Democrats. I had extensive holdings.
In response to Newbold's interview, Cummings is asking the White House to turn over the list she created as well as documents related to the handling of security clearances for several senior officials including Flynn, Kushner and Porter.
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Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the committee, slammed Cummings for voting to subpoena Kline after he agreed to voluntarily testify, and said Cummings had "cherry picked" information and issued a press release "after interviewing one witness".
She told the committee her supervisor retaliated against her "when she repeatedly pointed out to him that actions he was taking, including overriding recommendations to issue clearances to two senior officials, were violating protocol".
"I can't comment for the White House's process, but what I can say is that over the last two years that I've been here, I've been accused of all different types of things".
As President, Trump has the authority to grant such clearances. The office also announced a plan to "restructure" that would remove her from a supervisory role, she said.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler informed the administration on Monday that he intends to subpoena Special Counsel Robert Muller's full report on his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Cummings said that the administration has sent over thousands of documents, but many were already public or were heavily redacted. I mean, really, what is next, putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs?
Jordan then explained that Newbold, as a subordinate employee, didn't have firsthand knowledge of the individuals in Trump's close orbit, but rather based her complaints on differences with Kline - her boss.