Six white house staffers had to resign because they failed their FBI background checks (1 Viewer)

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Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check
By TARA PALMERI and DANIEL LIPPMAN 02/22/17 02:16 PM EST
White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable to pass an FBI background check, according to sources.

A source close to Lansing said the issue with the background check was over investments.

Lansing previously led the digital department for the Republican National Committee.

The background check, security questionnaire SF86, must be completed by White House staffers for positions that cover national security.

President Donald Trump's director of scheduling, Caroline Wiles, was also among the six staffers who did not pass the intensive FBI screening. She is the daughter of Susan Wiles, Trump’s Florida campaign director. Caroline Wiles resigned Friday before the background check was completed.
The intensive background check includes questions on the applicant's credit score, substance use and other personal subjects.
Chief digital officer steps down from White House job over background check - POLITICO

Is this normal?
 

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Yes and no. It's not normal for this to happen a month after the POTUS has taken office. It is normal for people to fail background checks when they're considered for or offered a position. Trump's team was obviously both not expecting to win and so in over their heads that they had no idea how to get going and how long and difficult a transition is. I think they genuinely believed he'd pick a few dozen people and hire some assistants. I don't think they realized thousands of jobs were on the line.

Normally, these background checks would come back before inauguration day, and rarely if you didn't also do a check on an alternate you might have to do another on the fly and it might fail.

To have a half dozen fail on first try when doing thousands isn't that big of a deal, but having all your first tries just getting their checks clearing this late is a big deal.
 

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Yes and no. It's not normal for this to happen a month after the POTUS has taken office. It is normal for people to fail background checks when they're considered for or offered a position. Trump's team was obviously both not expecting to win and so in over their heads that they had no idea how to get going and how long and difficult a transition is. I think they genuinely believed he'd pick a few dozen people and hire some assistants. I don't think they realized thousands of jobs were on the line.

Normally, these background checks would come back before inauguration day, and rarely if you didn't also do a check on an alternate you might have to do another on the fly and it might fail.

To have a half dozen fail on first try when doing thousands isn't that big of a deal, but having all your first tries just getting their checks clearing this late is a big deal.
If it's e-QIP or similar, those things take a while. They may not have know who would need all that.
 

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That's the thing, a stable transition team starting early with experienced people doesn't hit this situation. It's why you never heard of it happening until this botched transition. These do take months, which is why you need lists ready to start running before Thanksgiving. I'll absolutely guarantee you that the Obama team started running checks on some people, with their consent, in 2008 before election day.
 

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Trump is an idiot. He's managed to survive in business because of the amount of money he started with and because of his celebrity brand. He's clearly incapable of running a straight up business as has been shown by his multiple bankruptcies and transition away from ownership and management into licensing.

He thought he could waltz through the presidency like he BSd the Trump Tower NOLA investors, but he can't.

Here comes the crash and burn.
 
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Trump is an idiot. He's managed to survive in business because of the amount of money he started with and because of his celebrity brand. He's clearly incapable of running a straight up business as has been shown by his multiple bankruptcies and transition away from ownership and management into licensing.

He thought he could waltz through the presidency like he BSd the Trump Tower NOLA investors, but he can't.

Here comes the crash and burn.
This is the part that gets me when hearing or listening to acquaintances that are Trump supporters - they all seem to believe he is some super-sharp business man that earned all his wealth on his own from scratch. It's like they have watched no TV for the past decade or so and only know of his name and reputation as far as the business world side of him.

The guy is not some super intelligent, special innovator or ultra-business success story that a lot of people seem(ed) to believe. He comes off as a complete buffoon that just made the right connections and built up his name/brand while also likely pulling a lot of shady deals over the years to boot....and kudos to him for doing so; I am just saying that doesn't qualify him for office.
 

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This is the part that gets me when hearing or listening to acquaintances that are Trump supporters - they all seem to believe he is some super-sharp business man that earned all his wealth on his own from scratch. It's like they have watched no TV for the past decade or so and only know of his name and reputation as far as the business world side of him.

The guy is not some super intelligent, special innovator or ultra-business success story that a lot of people seem(ed) to believe. He comes off as a complete buffoon that just made the right connections and built up his name/brand while also likely pulling a lot of shady deals over the years to boot....and kudos to him for doing so; I am just saying that doesn't qualify him for office.
It's easy to finish first when you start at the finish line. He got a bunch of money from his dad and all the contacts his dad made as well.
 

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I doubt highly Trump would pass a FBI background check... But then again, since the FBI helped get Trump elected, he would probably sail on through.
Especially if he ever released his tax returns.
 

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Speaking of Trump and his team's lack of preparation and poor execution of a transition:

Trump still has to fill nearly 2,000 vacancies - CNNPolitics.com

Nearly 2,000 appointed positions in the administration of President Donald Trump remain vacant, leaving many agencies with large staffing gaps waiting to be filled, according to data reviewed by CNN.
.... Yet, as of Thursday, Trump had at least 1,987 vacancies within his new administration, most of which did not require Senate confirmation, according to data from tracking service Leadership Directories reviewed by CNN.
 

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lack of preparation and poor execution of a transition:
Based on what Bannon said at CPAC, who's to say the failure to fill all these positions isn't part of the deliberate "deconstruction of the administrative state"?

And if it results in chaos within certain agencies and resulting adverse effects in the real world, well, you know you gotta break some eggs to make an omelette, right?
 

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Could be, but the reports that Trump sort of went pale when he met with Obama that first time and realized what was ahead in the short term makes me think it's incompetence. Sure, though, evil from Bannon is always a possibility in everything ;)
 

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