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Rep. Jim Jordan: WH Will Correct Security Clearance Procedures

By    |   Wednesday, 14 February 2018 10:13 AM

The White House will correct the security clearance procedures "going forward" after the scandal concerning former staff secretary Rob Porter, who had been working without a security clearance before his resignation over claims of spousal abuse made by his two ex-wives, Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday.

"Porter no longer works at the White House," the Ohio Republican told CNN "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo. "If what is alleged is true, he should face the harshest sentence as possible."

Meanwhile, "everyone understands" that there needs to be changes in how security clearances are made, said Jordan, the chairman emeritus of the House Freedom Caucus. "The White House will correct them going forward."

He said he also believes that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has come under fire over the Porter issue, has provided "unbelievable" service to the United States, and he will correct the situation.

"The White House has been clear about that," said Jordan. "I don't know what kind of access Mr. Porter had to certain information, but I think that's something that needs to be corrected moving forward, and I believe it will be with this White House."

However, when it comes to whether Kelly should keep his job, Jordan said that decision is up to President Donald Trump, but he feels that his "limited interaction' with Kelly has been positive, and he respects the retired Marine Corps general for his service to the United States.

Jordan then shifted the topic to the ongoing questions over the FBI's techniques in securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant against former Trump aide Carter Page, kicking off an extended argument with Cuomo.

"To compare it to the FBI doing what they did, taking a campaign document, dressing it all up as legitimate intelligence and presenting it to a FISA court, a secret court…" he said, before Cuomo jumped in with "you don't know that's what happened."

"We do know that's what happened," said Jordan,

Cuomo told him it is not fair to call the FISA court a "secret" operation, but Jordan asked if he'd ever seen a transcript from the court.

"That's why I called on [FBI] Director Christopher Wray months ago," said Jordan. "Show us the application. Show us the transcript. I'm for making everything transparent, including the Democratic memo when done with our sources and methods."

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The White House will correct the security clearance procedures "going forward" after the scandal concerning former staff secretary Rob Porter, who had been working without a security clearance before his resignation, Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday.
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