10 things you need to know today: April 2, 2019

A whistleblower describes White House security clearance issues, House Democrats plan to subpoena full Mueller report, and more

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on the White House lawn
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1. Whistleblower alerts Democrats to security clearance issues

House Democrats said Monday that a White House whistleblower had told them that the Trump administration brushed off objections and gave security clearances to at least 25 people, including the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser John Bolton. Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser, told congressional Democrats that the clearances initially were denied due to such issues as possible foreign influence, conflicts of interests, financial difficulties, drug abuse, or other problems. Newbold is one of several career staffers in charge of reviewing clearance applications. Her allegations were spelled out in a memo House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) released Monday. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called Cummings' memo "a partisan attack on the White House."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.