It’s not really a secret anymore that many people inside Donald Trump’s White House have had considerable difficulty obtaining or even maintaining the proper security clearance, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
In large part, the problem is with the caliber of people that Trump has picked and appointed to fill the positions — he has surrounded himself with the shady types you might expect from a businessman who’s been linked to fraud, mobsters, Russian oligarchs, and in general the dregs of humanity.
Now an ex-FBI official who actually has experience with the process involved in getting security clearance in order to work in the White House has come forward, and what they told the Washington Post about Donald Trump’s chances of getting such a clearance himself — if he were not the president, that is — is both shocking and appalling.
In particular, the agent told the Post that Trump likely would run afoul of two specific guidelines of the 13-step process for obtaining clearance:
- Guideline D: Sexual Behavior: “Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include: … (c) sexual behavior that causes an individual to be vulnerable to coercion, exploitation, or duress.”
- Guideline E: Personal Conduct: “Conditions that could raise a security concern and may be disqualifying include: (a) deliberate omission, concealment, or falsification of relevant facts from any personnel security questionnaire, … (b) deliberately providing false or misleading information; or concealing or omitting information.”
The broadest possible “guideline” for security clearance is that “Any doubt concerning personnel being considered for national security eligibility will be resolved in favor of the national security.” The FBI considers the election itself to be the American public granting Trump clearance — but the agent made clear that if Trump were simply an employee looking for clearance, his susceptibility to blackmail over — at the very least — the Stormy Daniels payoff would make him not just ineligible for clearance, but largely unemployable by the federal government.
I wouldn’t hire that asshole, either.
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