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As the scandal of former White House secretary and wife beater Rob Porter unfolded last week, we learned that — just like Porter — there are “dozens” of White House officials who lack a proper security clearance. According to White House officials, this backlog is due to a bottleneck of so many officials attempting to get clearance at the same time, a process that many previous administrations say is questionable a crock of shit. (While there is a backlog, and there is a bottleneck, these officials should have been able to get clearance in a month or two. That they couldn’t is entirely on them and their itchy fists.)

Since so many Trump officials are unable to pass the necessary background checks, they’ve been operating on interim security clearances. This means that Trump officials have such sketchy pasts that they require a rubber stamp at regular intervals. A small price for loyalty considering their years of shady dealings with foreign governments, criminal history, substance abuse problems, and/or financial or psychological troubles.

The irony of course is that Trump spent months bitching about Hillary Clinton’s inability to be trusted with government secrets. But then, less than a month into his presidency, he read national security secrets by cell phone light at Mar-a-Lago while dozens of onlookers took pictures.

In May he one-upped himself by blabbing state secrets to Russian officials in the Oval Office — a meeting that was only announced to the US press after Russian state media began releasing photos.

For reals
Right now, there are more than 700,000 people waiting for a security clearance. (Which, weirdly, isn’t even Trump’s fault!) A few weeks ago Democratic Rep. and Elijah Cummings found that, over a three year period, 165 interim security clearances were issued to people who failed background checks, including someone who was once charged with the felony rape of a child. Cummings wanted to know how there can be such a backlog in the investigation process, yet people like Mike Flynn, Sebastian Gorka, and Steve Bannon didn’t seem to have a problem.

The same sentiment has been echoed by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who yesterday called for an investigation and reform of the security clearance process. Even the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report just last month that acknowledged the need for reform in the clearance process so that clearances can be issued faster, regularly reviewed, and updated in the event that someone is a fuck up.

Instead of acknowledging the potential for yet another national security failure, Trump sent his spox-idiots out to the Sunday shows to trash talk battered wives. In context, it makes sense: Trump, a serial adulterer and con artist who’s been charged and sued for financial crimes multiple times over several decades, would surround himself with people he can trust. You gotta go with what you know, right?

[WaPo / CNN]

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  • Msgr_MΩment

    Elijah Cummings found that, over a three year period, 165 interim security clearances were issued to people who failed background checks, including someone who was once charged with the felony rape of a child.

    Here’s a thought. Since that kind of accusation leads you open to extortion and all the security risks that that brings with it, let’s say that if someone who has been accused of felony child raping is hired by our federal government, we broadcast that information, so that the accused is no longer in danger of being extorted over it??!!?11
    Spitballing here.

    • Eileen Besse

      Likey.

    • Clark_Nova

      In an interview for my Q clearance (which took 9 months) they said that they had evidence that I had smoked marijuana. They said that made me a security risk. I said, “how can anyone blackmail me over something that I just admitted to two FBI agents?” They had to agree. Eventually I got my clearance and I no longer had to be accompanied to another building to take a piss.

  • maxneanderthal

    Tony Montana will be carrying out the applicants drug screening tests…

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    Welp, they learned their lesson. If the lugenpresse are going to give them shit for letting people with no clearances look at secret documents then, by gum, errrbody gets a clearance

  • Red Richmond

    The only security clearances that matter to these fuckers anyways come from the Kremlin.

  • Cousin Itt, hoi polloi
    • maxneanderthal

      I think you’ll find that botox gives you that look naturally, and forever…

    • Tetman Callis

      Another instance of the remarkable number of rats who have tried both to leave the sinking Trump ship and stay aboard the sinking Trump ship at the same time.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Schrodinger’s Rat?

  • Granny Sprinkles

    It wasn’t that many years ago that I had to mail my kid a TI-30 because his TI-89 was a security risk, and it hadn’t even been accused of even light treason.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I’m sure the Russkies stashed transmitter devices in all slide rules made after about 1970. http://www.cryptomuseum.com/covert/bugs/selectric/index.htm

      • data_ninja

        Okay, I bookmarked that page because it is awesome and frightening. If these people could only use their powers for good. (Although I’m sure it felt good at the time)

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Oh yah!! Well George Washington didn’t have a security clearance from the FBI either. Fake news!!!

    • GoutMachine

      Yeah, but his emails!

    • OneYieldRegular

      Fake teeth!!!

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB
    • gallbladder

      Pretty much.

  • Scooby

    I’m not worried, they have FSB clearance.

  • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

    All those pples who over see security clarences need to be fired. That’ll get that back log moving!

    -Skwerlbot

  • OrG

    Does tRump have to get a security clearance? And could he pass? And if not what happens?

    • LiberalANDProud

      You fire the FBI Director and redact the infor….wait. What?

    • Ling Ling

      Elected officials not get the same treatment as mere employees. You already know Trumpolini could not pass a BI and a poly.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      There would be so many flags on Donald’s SF86 that it would approach warp speed in a light breeze.

      • willi0000000

        it would go plaid!

  • WotsAllThisThen

    And that’s why Trump couldn’t approve the Dem’s memo.

  • Eileen Besse

    WTF is up with KAC’s baggy black eyes? Like, I mean, she’s gone SOOOOO thick with eyeliner and mascara and whatever else, she just looks like Cruella DeVille at 120 years old.

    • LiberalANDProud

      Eyes are the portal to a person’s soul.

      Think about that.

    • aureolaborealis

      Well, on election night I think she said she hadn’t slept in three or four months. Add a year and change to that. (Assuming she can’t sleep because of the karmic load on her soul, not because she’s busy with anything.)

      • Rebel Scum Puipui

        Assumes soul not in evidence.

        • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

          She was born the same day I was; yet has aged quite a bit faster than I have. Her soul is missing and so her meat suit is deflated.

  • Manders

    I had a discussion with a either former or current Air Force lieutenant (I’m guessing former but did not care enough to confirm) on the Twitters last night about this. He seems to think that the whole deal with Porter and Sorenson is “not national news” and not worth focusing on when there is “important work” to be done.

    I countered that it’s very concerning to me that 30-40 people in the WH don’t have full clearance, and that Jared in particular can’t seem to get clearance because of his “forgetting” many things.

    But he says it’s normal, and that people stayed in the Clinton WH without clearances for years.

    This article suggests to me that just because it’s normal doesn’t mean it’s good or wise, or couldn’t be improved.

    Thoughts?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Did he say who the people were that didn’t have clearances in Clinton WH?

      • Manders

        No. I felt like he was trying to bait me by using a Democratic administration. The Bush WH apparently also had issues with clearances, but he didn’t mention that.

      • LiberalANDProud
        • Manders

          Hey there. Stop posting the research I did as your own without context.

          • LiberalANDProud

            Yours? What were you? 16 in 1994?

          • Manders

            I found it. You copied and pasted it. I doubt you even took the time to read it.

        • MynameisBlarney

          That was a very strange website.

          • Manders

            That’s because it’s a far-right think tank. So far, that’s the only thing I’ve been able to find on it, other than a WaPo article that mentions in passing that there were administrative delays with getting people clearances.

          • MynameisBlarney

            So…nothingburger?

          • Manders

            Hard to say. There’s a WSJ article quote in the piece, but it’s not linked. I suspect that it’s possible people can make partisan hay out of what is clearly an ongoing problem, as this post makes clear (and as LandP was saying, just in a more hostile and unpleasant way), but I can’t find anything to suggest that the Clinton staff couldn’t get clearances because they were a) lying on their applications or b) they had shady contacts with foreign nationals.

            I picked one of the people mentioned in the CSP piece, Derek Shearer, whom is discussed as though he was evil incarnate. From what I can find, he was some kind of political oppo research guy or attack dog. He’s a professor of world affairs and diplomacy now. Not a lobbyist or a shady businessman or someone with assault convictions.

            The other people listed may have actual problems other than Not Being A Republican, but I don’t have time now to do the research.

            I still think there are unique issues with Trump’s staff, aside from clearances backlog.

          • SHIFT KEY BITCH

            Aren’t “far right” and “think tank” mutually exclusive?

            AXTING FOR A FRIEND

    • Shibusa

      It’s probably just RWNJ/Fox/WND/Infowars/Breitbart/Townhall/RedState fantasy that “people stayed in the Clinton WH without clearances for years”…I wouldn’t be fooled by the AF Lt title. Our neighbor in San Diego was a retired Navy pilot and the biggest Clinton conspiracy theorist I’ve ever met. Being in the military doesn’t preclude somebody from being a liar or an idiot.

      • LiberalANDProud
        • Manders

          As long as we’re reposting shit I found, you might as well also know this is a far-right think tank and anything they write should be taken with a whole canister of salt.

          • LiberalANDProud

            And I think that you should be open to information.

            Also, this whole security clearance things is one big red herring.

            I have relatives with security clearances. Temporary clearance is nothing new and it’s not a scandal. It’s done all the time. Delays in getting clearances happens all the time.

            Those are facts. It’s called bureaucracy.

            I’m not being an apologist for Trump or anyone else. I object to bed wetters on either side of the aisle ramping up red herrings to serve their own ends.

          • Manders

            I am, fucko.

            I found it.

          • LiberalANDProud

            Typical Hillbot. Grow up.

          • Manders

            Typical BernieBro. Taking credit for work other people did for you.

          • LiberalANDProud

            Get new material. She’s lost two elections with the same old bullshit. Obama bros. Bernie bros. That’s all ya got? Pathetic.

          • Manders

            Buddy. You brought up Hillary. I don’t even give a shit anymore. Enjoy fighting the old fight.

          • LiberalANDProud

            Really. Bernie Bro is a DNC concoction? Thanks for the confirmation.

          • LiberalANDProud

            And where did I take credit. I posted a link. Nothing more.

            Putz.

          • Manders

            You did. You passed it off as your own,.

            Ass.

          • LiberalANDProud

            You’re a sad little shit. Insults. The last refuge of someone with no argument.

          • Manders

            Further, how is it any different from those bots that copy a comment and pass it off as their own? Happens all the time on Disqus. And usually they get blocked. So that’s what I’m doing to you.

            Clearly you know I’m right, or you wouldn’t be overreacting and trying to pick a fight with me about two-thousand-fucking-sixteen. You wanna criticize me, criticize *me*; don’t generalize. It’s lazy and stupid.

            Bye!

          • Manders

            Adults do their own research. Adults credit other people for stuff they are reposting.

          • SHIFT KEY BITCH

            “Bed wetters” is a pee tape reference, right … ?

          • Manders

            That from somebody who says “grow up” in the next breath. I don’t think I made fun of bed wetters even when I was an age when that would be a real, cutting insult instead of impotent, MRA-type flailing.

    • beingreleased

      I read that a year-long process to get a security clearance isn’t normal. I can’t give you any actual facts to back that up though.

      • Manders

        This dude says he’s seen it take years. Then again, he’s former officer in the Air Force, not a WH official. Former WH officials from both the Bush and Obama WHses seem to think it’s unusual.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        It depends. It took 11 months for my TS to process in the early 80’s, but I wasn’t working in the White House. At that level, they should have priority in getting vetted.

        • Manders

          That makes sense to me.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The asshole (I have no problem characterizing him as such) is lying about the Clinton clearances.

      • Manders

        Ah. I wonder if he was lying or just read/heard it somewhere and didn’t bother to go to a second source. I could totally see that happening. He was condescending AF but not a bully.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          I can tell you one thing, though. If Donald Trump had to get a clearance, he wouldn’t. He fits many of the “no go” criteria for a clearance.

          • Manders

            Oh, I believe that 100%. Which criteria in particular?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Unreported foreign contacts, investments in foreign countries, susceptibility to blackmail, known inability to tell the truth, mob ties (Australia turned down a Trump Casino in Sydney on mob ties). For starters.

        • Shibusa

          Marc Short (WH mouthpiece) was on MTP saying over and over to Chuck Todd that Team Trump uses “the same clearance process” that the Obama & Bush administrations used. Which is completely meaningless, of course.

          • YoBunnyBunny

            Using the same clearance, but still can’t pass the bar for it??? Is that what he was trying to say? That should tell us all something.

      • ginmar

        Yeah, he is. I held various clearances during my twenty years, and I also helped process them in the run up to the Iraq war. The thing is, if you don’t lie, it’s just not that hard to get a clearance.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          And therein is the problem for Donald’s staff. They’re just like him in the veracity department.

          • Bebecca

            How is it that everyone that works for him lies without any shame at all?

          • SHIFT KEY BITCH

            “Shame is only for losers stupid enough to care about what others think or feel” – The Art of the Deal (probably)

        • One of my friends worked in a service’s intelligence HQ, with a lot of “eyes only” stuff passing through his desk. He had an arrest for murder – it was ruled “self defense,” but as he said “I didn’t hide it.” Of course, while he didn’t tell me what crossed his desk, he did tell me “You’d be surprised how much crosses my desk on Friday as top secret, eyes only, only to open up the Washington Post on Sunday to see it on the front page.”

      • Manders

        This is the only information I’ve been able to find about it so far. It sounds pretty right-wingy, and I don’t know if the allegations were borne out:

        https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/1994/03/25/the-clinton-security-clearance-melt-down-no-gate-demonstrates-its-the-people-stupid-2/

        my favorite quote: “Patsy Thomasson, the director of the White House Office of Administration — which, according to the Wall Street Journal,“oversees personnel, computers and some security operations” for the Executive Office of the President — only got her clearance in February, thirteen months into her job.”

        (in the original, the last clause is italicized to emphasize their shock.)

        • Villago Delenda Est

          But she got one. Porter never will get one.

          • Manders

            Neither did Seb Gorka. And neither will Jared, I imagine.

            The LT said that eventually people would be let go when they couldn’t get a permanent clearance. And it’s true that Gorka is gone already. How likely is it that Javanka will ever go unless under their own steam, though?

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Jared should be facing felony charges for omissions in his SF86.

          • YoBunnyBunny

            Doesn’t matter if Javanka is let go anyway. Trump will tell them anything anyway…

          • Bebecca

            I doubt it. trump truly doesn’t care if anyone working in his administration has security clearance. He makes a big show of it when it becomes news but it’s for some superficial reason like-Mike Flynn is gone because he lied to Pence.

    • Nasty Woman Persisted

      Evidence on Clinton WH. Starr would of picked that up quick. I believe that a FEW (<6) months is normal, 13 months is uncommon, and un acceptable. When you know the FBI won't approve person, let them go.

    • beingreleased

      I’m beginning to think we liberals should have criticized Obama for making bin Laden Chief of Staff. It makes us look like hypocrites when we complain about the wife-beaters.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      I’m sorry. Believe me. Whether current or former, an Air Force Lieutenant does not know anything authoritative, any more than me or you, about the FBI protocols for security clearance investigations at the level that involves people who work directly with the President in the White House.

  • Shibusa
    • Brian Fowler

      Just not the security of the country, apparently.

  • Anna Rompage

    Seeing half of the trump admin is compromised by the Russians, is the lack of a security clearance all that big of a deal these days?

    • LiberalANDProud

      Nyet

    • Granny Sprinkles

      We could probably outsource our background checks to the FSB. For efficiency.

      • Snowbound Ron

        They’d be the ones who’d know EXACTLY what the people being examined have done wrong. In excruciating detail. Including video.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    You know, it might be helpful if these jackholes weren’t constantly amending their SF86s with disclosures of even more investments that they “forgot” when they filled it out the first few times.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Damned interns.

    • LiberalANDProud

      Trump probably noted investments and income that he doesn’t even have because ego.

    • SHIFT KEY BITCH

      You know what’s going on: The FBI finds shit the applicant didn’t report, Twitler lets them amend the form to account for the “discrepancy”, it gets resubmitted, whereupon they find more unreported shit, and so on …

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Yup.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    My future brother-in-law got pulled out of his LA office and sent to DC to do background checks for about 3 months. He’s still there 4 months after he was supposed to be back in LA fighting crime. The backlog is worse than in other administrations, but the cause is their own incompetence — this “administration” didn’t do any prep. SF-86 for many positions are submitted well in advance of the inauguration, and sometimes prior to the election to mitigate the bottleneck. That’s part of the transition team’s job.

    • beingreleased

      I’d like to think they are getting extra scrutiny since its pretty much a given that there will be “accidental omissions.”

    • ScottGoode

      See, he’s creating jobs!

    • Erala Contratista

      Ummmm “transition team” is a thing?

  • Blackest Noobs

    O/T: free at last, free at last, I AM FREE!!!!

    i am official OUT…i no longer have to work with the stupid public or work in a stupid public library….I AM FREE….I GOT THE FUCKING JOB….

    forget it, I’m outthhhha here!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5gxqjqC2nM

    • Fire and Fury Demme

      Yay!!!

    • Yellerduck

      Congratulations!

    • BearGHAZI

      Dude, let me have your public library job. I’m reading a book right now

      • Blackest Noobs

        i couldn’t be that cruel to you, i mean i’ve been known to be one mean sonofabitch, but no i couldn’t not do that to you.

        and yes, it is that bad.

    • greyXstar

      Molotov!

    • OneYieldRegular
    • Erala Contratista

      Wow! Wonketteers getting employed all over the place :D

      And it’s Monday!

      Hoorah for all y’all.

  • What I remember about getting a security clearance, back in the day, was that it was a painful thing, but didn’t take too long. “Painful,” as in about the only thing they didn’t do was give you a colonoscopy. But from what I can tell two things have happened: The “war on terror” suddenly created a lot of “need” for security clearances, and they decided to outsource it.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    To be fair to the Taint’s staff, trying to remember what lie you have told to whom and when can be a long process.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Thirteen-dimensional prevarication, I tell ya.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Their lies don’t work on so many levels!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Oh what a tangled web we weave…

  • Msgr_MΩment

    OT.
    No, #MeToo Is Not Ruining Valentine’s Day https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-friedman-metoo-valentines_us_5a7dffa9e4b0c6726e1353e2

    Didn’t read, but I’m assuming that they are indeed correct.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Well, it’s ruining Valentines Day for those that likely don’t have g/f’s due to the fact that they’re MRA’s.

    • Edith Prickly, Stable Genius

      It’s a good piece.

    • I thought bad chocolates and itchy underwear ruined valentines day??

  • Rick Hill

    Pffft. Sekrits. Haven’t we learned from watching a complete novice in government prove to us that a lot of this is window dressing and no real consequences can come from having idjits run the show?

  • Jonny On Maui
  • beingreleased
    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      Well he IS right for a change.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Tells us something about vetting, but I have no doubt that there were no “red flags” on his SF 86. His actions after he got his clearance are another matter.

    • Paperless Tiger

      Fool me once …

    • Kooolest G

      I also became a stooge for putin faster than half of this white house, because the other half were stooges for putin before they got there
      -Edward Snowden

  • Me not sure
  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    In that light:
    https://www.ft.com/content/70aafe9c-1018-11e8-8cb6-b9ccc4c4dbbb

    well, mrs. Wheelbarger, we are a little more worried about what happens on our eastern border than what is going on with two failed US wars that we contributed massively to and since you don’t seem too keen on helping us with our problem with Boris the Bear we are taking things in our own hands, mind you.

  • YoBunnyBunny

    I saw Chris Christie on one of the Sunday gas-fests auditioning for Kelly’s COS job, I guess(???) (Meet the Press w/Todd I think)

    “What about due process?” he was saying….

    Whoever the Dem counterpart was like… Um, no. Security clearance is a privilege, not a RIGHT, jackass.

    I understand that there is due process in clearances, but only in the “administrative” sense (send you letter informing you and such). You don’t have to be indicted or convicted to be denied clearance. But as usual, this is textbook wingnut whinging that screaming due process means that if you are convicted in court, then that gives you immunity from being ridiculed in public or booted out of your dream job in the White House.

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    Which is it: (1) Our intelligence community stopped giving the WH most classified information a year ago when he dissed them; or (2) They’ve been handing stuff over, and the server in Trump Tower has been shipping it all to the Russians the whole time.

    • phoenix00

      Better than giving to Hillary, as various Repubs would say.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    OT, and I apologize, but I just can’t take it any more.

    I was at a sentencing hearing earlier this morning. A young woman was being sentenced for Burglary, Grand Theft, and Aggravated Assault. Defendant broke into an elderly woman’s home in the middle of the night to steal her medications and threatened the victim with a “knife-like object” when she woke up and started screaming.

    Defendant brought her daughter to the sentencing. The kid looked to be 4-5 years old. What the fuck goes through people’s heads when they bring kids to court? She knows she is going to prison. She has a written Rule 11 agreement that says she’s going to prison. She asked for a continuance. She told the judge he should put her on probation “not for [her] but for [her] daughter.” She cried.

    The judge was having none of it. After noting his displeasure that she would bring a child to see her mother sentenced, he noted that she had done the same thing with her then-infant daughter in Canyon County, and the judge in that case put her on probation for her daughter’s sake. He had the child removed from the courtroom. Then he said (I’m quoting as best I can) “[Your attorney] is correct: locking addicts up doesn’t fix them. This is not about addiction, though. When you put that mask on and entered a 78 year-old woman’s house, you became a criminal. We are fortunate, I guess, that you only traumatized her for her remaining years and didn’t literally scare her to death.
    . . .

    “As for your pleas for the good of your daughter, I am not persuaded in the least. Your daughter’s welfare didn’t matter to you when you committed this crime. It didn’t matter to you when you failed 6 drug tests while you were on probation — though I note that you did have her in tow at at least one of your PV hearings. Her welfare didn’t matter to you when you absconded supervision. It seems to me that the only time you care to be a mother is when she can save you from the consequences of your actions. . . ”

    So, now, on a local news website, people who weren’t there are attacking the judge for being inhumane and just a bad, bad person who hates mothers. One of them is someone I know to be a lawyer. So, I am commenting here to keep me from unloading on her publicly.

    • suziq

      Sounds like removing that mother from her daughter is the humane thing to do, not the other way around. That must be so frustrating seeing that all the time!

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        The thing is, this same judge, a couple years ago ordered the Sheriff’s office to unshackle my client (which is contrary to their SOP) before he was brought into the courtroom in front of his daughter, who had been dropped there by the babysitter.

    • Maybe that lawyer is hoping to run for that judge’s spot?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        She wants to be appointed to a magistrate position. That will never happen, though, because those appointments rely, in part, on the “reviews” of other members of the bar. She does not have a good reputation, though that fact has somehow eluded her.

        • Ha! She’ll always have her facebook posts to comfort her!

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

      The judge had a well-articulated and well-reasoned response. He had the sense to have someone take charge of the little girl so she would not see it, and based on the language I would imagine the tone was more “disappointed father figure” than angry.
      He sounds like the sort of jurist who we want – one who will be stern, but not afraid to show compassion when compassion is duly deserved.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        I thought so.

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    • Jacob DiCiaula

      Clients/ defendants bringing kids to court and thinking it helps is reason 347 I’m done with this shit. Sounds like the Judge handled it as well as possible

    • HazooToo

      I am sorry you have to deal with shit like this, but I am also incredibly proud of you for doing it. Your job takes a lot of endurance, and a lot of heart, or maybe that’s just something special that you bring to it. Thanks.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Thanks. It wasn’t a client of mine. Her lawyer was livid, though. He said he specifically told her not to bring the kid to court.

        • HazooToo

          I hope the kid has someone reliable and safe to go to.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            CPS took her, so who knows?

    • Gigglesnort

      You know what they say: if you’re not an addict, you have lots of problems, but if you are an addict, you only have one problem: where your next fix is coming from.

  • mardam422

    Dear FBI,
    Jared is allowed to work in the White House and see classified material because he is trustworthy, honest and a patriotic American.
    signed,
    Jared’s Mom

    • phoenix00

      > Jared’s Mom’s Daughter-In-Law

      FTFY

  • La forza del resistino

    I lost track in April of his businessmen nominees who couldn’t or wouldn’t complete their financial disclosure forms.

  • Uh.

    Meghan McCain says Pence’s rudeness was OK because Hitler refused to shake hands with Jesse Owens. Or something. I think.

    https://twitter.com/RawStory/status/963140813675991040

    • We have banned ourselves from writing about Meggles.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Thank you.

      • We are wise. But we knew that :)

    • Thiazin Red

      When you’re trying to make Trump look better by positively comparing him to Hitler you need to reevaluate your life.

    • cmd resistor

      She’s like her dad as far as getting it right now and again and then horribly wrong often.

  • Thiazin Red

    There isn’t a fucking trial for security clearances. The background check is your due process. If the intelligence agency says you can’t have one, you don’t get one. They gave one to a literal Nazi, so if you didn’t get one then you really shouldn’t.

  • SweetDeeKat

    FANTASTIC headline.

    • Thank you.

      • khanurik

        In my experience, there’s no copies of Forbes that aren’t jizz-stained. But then again, I REALLY like business news. In my defense, my mom said it was completely normal..

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Hardly Ideal

    Not much to add, but jeez. Say it with me, y’all.
    https://i.imgur.com/BqFZNJP.gif

  • MynameisBlarney
  • BadKitty904

    Given that a hostile foreign power now controls, via the Republican Party, two of the three branches of our federal government, “security clearances” are now pretty much pointless.

    • Lefty Wright

      They have pretty much control of the third branch. How many Supreme Court decisions involving business v. individual rights, or government stepping in to support conservative doctrines do you think will be 5 – 4 for Republicans?

  • Paperless Tiger

    I guess that comes with the territory when you replace the government with a crime syndicate.

  • JustDon’tSayCAPSLOCK!!!
    • Delu

      Picoseconds next.

      • JustDon’tSayCAPSLOCK!!!

        You misspelled “femto”

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Never not a disgrace

  • Mehmeisterjr

    This “problem” is so easy to solve. Put a multi-tasking genius who has succeeded beyond all expectations at every tough assignment he has ever undertaken in charge of clearances. I am referring, of course, to Jared Kusher.

    • phoenix00

      He’d have to clear himself. And he’d have quite a lot of trouble managing even that.

  • OneYieldRegular

    To be fair, the Trump administration background check consists of a single question: “Are you loyal enough to Donald Trump that you would do anything for him?”

    • Wookie Monster

      You also have to swear that he has the biggest hands you’ve ever seen and his inaugural crowd was yuuuuuuuuge.

  • Amy!

    Right now, there are more than 700,000 people waiting for a security clearance.

    You know, there are about 700,000 Dreamers, as well.

    How about, instead of deporting the Dreamers, we deport all the Trump nominees who have failed or deferred security clearances? This would feed the need for cruelty on the part of the MAGAts, and would keep useful Americans home, where they belong.

  • azeyote

    he tweets it out so we can all have security clearance – a true man of the common people still in first grade –

  • Delu

    Trumpians are actually making a scandal about how Wife Beater not being granted security clearance is all Obama’s fault.

    Yeah.

    • Just keep repeating to them “How DARE Obama not give security clearance to a wife beater like Trump wants!!!!!”
      Makes em scurry into rage. Funny

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Half these people couldn’t get badged at a nuclear station, let alone be trusted with national security.

    • phoenix00

      I wouldn’t even clear them onto an airplane.

  • …are we even sure Trump has actual clearance?

    • Snowbound Ron

      Would YOU vet him to receive top secret material?

    • JCfromNC

      I’ve seen this question asked a couple of places, and my understanding is that POTUS is a clearance in and of itself, in a manner of speaking. He’s cleared by virtue of his title, even if he couldn’t be qualified by any other means.

      So, yeah — yet another indication that we’re all fucked.

  • javadavis

    See, he shouldn’t have been allowed to remove the previous occupants of responsible positions until he had people who were qualified (including the background check) to replace them, ready to go. In fact, knowing he would be stuck with Obama appointees could have been encouragement to actually, I don’t know, do his damn job!
    I guess some laws (or lack of legislation) just assume a certain level of civilization, or something?

  • I really really love the photograph of trump speaking into a shoe. How they talked him into posing for it I’ll never know. Maybe he just knows pop culture better then the rest of us.

  • Lorindel Ó Loingsigh

    Pretty sad that something that should be flushed down a toilet has been elevated to the office of the presidency.

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