The Trump White House is a lot more critical of their staff when it comes to security clearances than we have been used to lately. Here is one that was denied a clearance for smoking marijuana back in 2013. Now that may not be the sole reason because there is a mention of it disqualifies you if you try to hide it. George David Banks was the special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy. He is not the only one who has been denied a clearance. There may yet be more.
As Written and Reported By Ryan Saavedra for the Daily Wire:
A top official in the Trump administration resigned this week after being told by the White House that he would not receive a permanent security clearance after he admitted to prior drug use.
George David Banks, who served as special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy, resigned from his position on Tuesday after admitting to smoking marijuana in 2013. Politico reports:
A former CIA analyst who also previously worked at the State Department and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Banks emerged last year as the administration’s lead policy expert on the Paris climate change agreement, and he played a key behind-the-scenes role in the months-long internal debate over whether to remain in the pact.
A former Obama administration official who worked on personnel and vetting issues said the Obama White House usually only denied clearances when there was both past drug use and a lack of full disclosure.
Banks was among the nearly three dozen other White House officials operating on an interim security clearance while the administration evaluated the status of their permanent security clearance application…..
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