White House whistleblower

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We ran the numbers: There are 259 news articles covering this topic. 80% (208) are left leaning, 14% (37) center, 5% (14) right leaning.

Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government official in the White House security office, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in an interview last month that the Trump administration had overruled 25 security clearance rejections. The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah E. Cummings sent White House Counsel Pat Cipollone a letter in which he announced that his committee plans to begin authorizing subpoenas to investigate this issue. Cummings’ letter has been met with criticism from Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan who has argued the investigation “is an excuse to go fishing through the personal files of dedicated public servants.”

Headlines from left and center leaning articles led with and focused on the security clearances being denied and then reversed by the Trump team while right-leaning news sites led with headlines that focused on the overruling of the denied security clearances. While subtle in distinction, the right leaning sites focus was on the right of the President to overrule.

Most articles went on to include long quotations from Newbold’s Committee hearing, as well as from Rep. Cummings and Pat Cipollone questioning security clearances to, among others, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law.

Most articles covering this story were left-leaning.