Scores of top White House officials lack permanent security clearances

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WASHINGTON — More than 130 political appointees working in the Executive Office of the President did not have permanent security clearances as of November 2017, including the president’s daughter, son-in-law and his top legal counsel, according to internal White House documents obtained by NBC News.
Of those appointees working with interim clearances, 47 of them are in positions that report directly to President Donald Trump. About a quarter of all political appointees in the executive office are working with some form of interim security clearance.
White House officials said Wednesday they would not comment, as is their policy, on the nature of security clearances. CNN also reported on the clearances earlier Wednesday evening. It is unclear whether some employees have had their clearance levels changed since mid-November.




Image: Image: President Donald Trump walks to Marine One for his first trip as President, on the South Lawn of the White House January 26, 2017
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One for his first trip as President, on the South Lawn of the White House January 26, 2017 in Washington.