Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
February 14, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced the Committee would investigate security clearances at the White House:

“It is fitting that the House Oversight Committee should investigate whether White House personnel were improperly accessing classified materials while holding only interim security clearances.  The dismissal of Rob Porter from his role, entirely justified as a result of his lying about past domestic violence, highlights a very serious problem in this Administration, where appointees of dubious qualification and background have been placed into positions of great national security sensitivity before the proper vetting process has been completed to ensure they can be trusted with sensitive information. 

“For months, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings has been sounding the alarm about this problem, and I am glad that Chairman Gowdy and Committee Republicans are finally willing to investigate.  I hope this investigation is serious and bipartisan – and gets to the bottom of whether this White House has violated the public’s trust by putting the most sensitive, classified national security information into the hands of those who should not access it.”