Kushner:Special consideration

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was among the 25 White House officials granted security clearances after their applications were initially denied, the House Oversight Committee said this week. That’s based on testimony from Tricia Newbold, an 18-year White House security specialist who said she approached Congress because “this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office.” Newbold said she and colleagues had denied dozens of clearance applications since 2018 based on concerns about foreign influence, conflicts of interest, criminal conduct, financial problems, and drug use. The Oversight Committee voted this week to subpoena Newbold’s onetime boss, Carl Kline, in one of the committee’s first compulsory order aimed at the White House. Newbold, who has a rare form of dwarfism, said Kline retaliated for her pushback with bullying tactics such as moving office files to a shelf out of her reach.