|[Published: Wednesday February 14 2018]
Spy chief warns on Trump aides' clearance
Washington 14 Feb (ANA) - A US spy chief has warned that presidential aides with interim security clearances should have "limited" access to secret information. US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the clearance process was "broken" and needs to be reformed. He was responding to a question about former White House aide Rob Porter, who allegedly beat his wife, and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Mr Kushner reportedly has only interim security clearance, like Mr Porter. Mr Coats was one of several spymasters who gave evidence on Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee about global threats facing the US.
"Sometimes it is necessary to have some type of preliminary clearance in order to fill a slot," the US director of national intelligence said in response to a question from Democratic New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich.(ANA)
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