Politics Another White House Official Just Resigned Because He Couldn’t Get a Security Clearance

23:42  14 february  2018
23:42  14 february  2018 Source:   Time

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A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security clearance , according to a Politico report. The departure of George David Banks

A senior official on the National Economic Council resigned on Tuesday after being informed that he would not receive a permanent security clearance , as the White House faces increasing scrutiny over the number of high-ranking officials allowed to work on interim clearances .

a man wearing a suit and tie: George David Banks, White House Special Assistant, attends an event titled: © Lukas Schulze—Getty Images, George David Banks, White House Special Assistant, attends an event titled: "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation" at the COP 23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November

A senior White House official resigned Wednesday after learning that his past marijuana use would keep him from receiving a security clearance, according to a Politico report.

The departure of George David Banks, who advised the White House on energy and environment as a member of the National Economic Council, comes amid growing criticism of a slew of senior officials working in the Trump administration without permanent security clearance.

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Third White House staffer resigns over security clearances ..02/14/2018 14:26:27PM EST. George David Banks, a senior official on the National Economic Council, failed to get his clearance because of his past marijuana use.

A top official on the National Economic Council quit Tuesday after he was told that he wouldn’ t get a permanent security clearance — because he admitted that he had smoked pot, a new report said Banks is the third official to leave the administration in the past week. Porter resigned Feb.

Banks told Politico that the White House Counsel’s office said Tuesday that he would not receive permanent clearance because he had admitted to smoking pot in 2013. The White House subsequently accepted his offer of resignation, he said.

“It was an honor to serve the president at the White House and I look forward to supporting the president in the future,” he told Politico.

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last Wednesday following public allegations that he abused multiple ex-wives. David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, resigned on Friday over domestic abuse allegations. As many as 40 White House officials are said to be working without full security clearance, including Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son and law and key advisor, according to a CNN report.

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Porter – the White House staff secretary and a close aide to Chief of Staff John Kelly – resigned after his two ex-wives claimed he Sanders, asked about the risk Porter posed because he couldn ’ t get a security clearance and the possible leak of classified information, turned it back on the media.

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Banks, a former aide in the George W. Bush administration, advised the Trump White House on international energy, environment and climate issues. He often served as the administration’s public face on international climate change issues, including at international climate change negotiations.

White House officials in at least the previous administration have admitted to smoking marijuana, including President Obama and his National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Trump administration has shifted gears on marijuana, making enforcement of the federal restrictions on the drug a priority.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. An email to Banks’s White House email address was returned as undeliverable early Wednesday afternoon.

Trump aides are asked if they are vulnerable to blackmail .
Some officials seeking security clearances were asked to provide any info that could be a "source of embarrassment, or be used to coerce or blackmail you."In the wake of Wednesday's report by NBC News that more than 130 White House officials lacked full security clearances as of November, the supplemental questions — which are not part of the standard questionnaire filled out by other government officials — shed light on the sort of information that could raise flags in a background investigation.

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