White House Deputy National Security Adviser Under Fire Over Denial of Security Clearance

You would think that a man in Ben Rhodes’ position would need a security clearance. However, President Obama’s National Security Advisor was not granted an interim clearance by the FBI. How was he able to do his job? Just another inconvenient requirement of the protection of national secrets.

As Written By Adam Kredo for the Free Beacon:

Lawmakers and congressional insiders continue to raise questions about a senior Obama administration official and proponent of its Iran diplomacy following revelations he was denied interim security clearance before being given a senior role in the White House, according to conversations with multiple sources.

The Washington Free Beacon first disclosed last week that Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who handled the administration’s efforts to mislead the public about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is being probed by Congress following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances.

Lawmakers told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration has been obstructing formal efforts to obtain information about why Rhodes was initially denied FBI clearance and how he ultimately received top-secret clearances.

The latest disclosures have cast a cloud over the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran just weeks before the president and his senior officials vacate their West Wing offices ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“When the news broke that the FBI had denied Ben Rhodes an interim security clearance during the 2008 Obama transition, I, like many Americans, was deeply troubled that a man unworthy of a security clearance was nevertheless made a senior Obama adviser,” Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), one of the leaders of the current inquiry, told the Free Beacon.

“Ben Rhodes used his position to create the Iran deal ‘echo chamber’ by admittedly lying to the gullible media in order to willfully mislead the American people about the [Iran nuclear deal]—consequently, questions abound,” Franks said, adding that multiple questions remain about


Ben Rhodes Under Fire Over Denial of Security Clearance

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