February 14, 2018 / 6:35 PM / a year ago

Senior White House official resigns over security clearance: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior official at the White House National Economic Council has resigned after being told he would not receive a permanent security clearance, Politico reported on Wednesday.

The report cited George David Banks, a special assistant to the president for international energy and environmental policy, as saying he was informed by the White House counsel’s office on Tuesday that his application for a permanent clearance would not be granted.

Questions have been raised about the vetting of White House officials after two staffers resigned last week following allegations of domestic abuse against them. They included Rob Porter, who had been working as White House staff secretary with only a temporary security clearance.

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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