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White House instructs ex-security chief to fight oversight subpoena



The forms official who oversaw the security clearance process at the White House will not cooperate with a House subpoena to testify.

After a whistleblower told the House Oversight Committee that at least 25 denials for security clearances have been reversed during the Trump administration, Carl Kline was subpoenaed last week to appear before the panel on Tuesday.

But President Trump's Deputy Counselor Michael Purpura said in a letter the House Oversight and Reform Committee's subpoena request "unconstitutionally encroaches on fundamental executive branch interests."

Kline's lawyer Robert Driscoll said his client sides with the Trump administration. [1

9659002Driscollsaidinaletterobtainedby CNN .

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D -Md, has said Kline will be a contempt if he fails to testify.

Cline is now employed with the Department of Defense.


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