TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • FLORIDA | ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - UCF Knights Slice 17-Point Deficit to Win AAC Championship 56-41 (Willie David / Florida National News)

FNN NEWS VIDEO COVERAGE

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy Bill Seeks to Tighten White House Security Clearance Rules

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today introduced a bill that would codify what she calls the “Coats Rule,” named after President Trump’s Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who this week declared in congressional testimony that individuals with interim security clearances should have limited access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets. Murphy, who is a former national security specialist for the Department of Defense, said her bill, called the Protect America’s Secrets Act, will prohibit any U.S. government employee, including an aide to the president, from accessing “highly sensitive” information unless that employee has obtained the necessary permanent clearance.

“As our country faces unprecedented cyber and intelligence threats, protecting our most sensitive information must be one of our top national security priorities,” said Murphy, who serves on the House Armed Service Committee and is co-chair of the National Security Task Force for the House Democratic Caucus. “The ‘Coats Rule’ is simple: individuals in the White House and throughout the federal government who receive interim security clearances should have limited access to highly sensitive classified information. As a former national security specialist, I know America’s adversaries won’t hesitate to exploit an employee’s undisclosed vulnerabilities through whatever means necessary, including blackmail.”

The Protect America’s Secrets Act would prohibit any U.S. government employee, including an employee working in the Executive Office of the President, from being granted access to “highly sensitive” information unless and until that employee has been cleared through an appropriate investigation. The term “highly sensitive” is defined in law and encompasses the United States’ most closely-held secrets. The Coats Rule would prevent individuals with interim security clearances from gaining access to the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified summary prepared by the intelligence community that provides the president and a small group of executive branch officials with an update on world events and our nation’s most sensitive intelligence activities.

“As someone who has previously obtained one of the highest security clearances while working on special operations at the Department of Defense, I know that protecting this kind of sensitive information is necessary to keeping our troops, our intelligence officers, and our nation safe,” said Murphy. “My bill does not prevent a president from selecting advisors of their choice; however, it does require that these White House aides pass a background investigation and achieve a permanent security clearance before accessing our nation’s most sensitive information, including the Presidential Daily Brief. My bill will allow the appropriate clearance process to run its course without undue political influence or partisan interference so that damaging information does not fall into the wrong hands.”

Murphy filed her bill following Director Coats’ Senate testimony on Feb. 13, 2018, where he addressed the controversy surrounding former White House staffer Rob Porter, who frequently attended highly classified briefings between President Trump and his top intelligence advisors despite only having an interim security clearance. This week, news agencies reported that the FBI disclosed this information to the White House as early as July of last year, expressing concerns that undisclosed domestic abuse could make Porter ineligible for a permanent security clearance. Despite the FBI recommendations that Porter be denied a permanent security clearance, he continued to have access to highly sensitive information.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

U.S. Congressman Darren Soto’s Bills Pass in Final Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills introduced by Congressman Darren…

Rep. Soto, Members Introduce Bipartisan Bills Preventing Virtual Currency Price Manipulation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-09) along with Ted Budd (R-NC-13), introduced two pieces…

Congressman Darren Soto’s Lake Nona Office Relocating to Orlando VA Medical Center

Kissimmee, FL – Starting Monday, December 3rd  2018, Congressman Darren Soto’s Lake Nona District office will be…

At Capitol, Bush saluted as gentle soul, great man

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Who Are The Elected Supervisors of Orange Soil & Water Conservation District?

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - During the November 2018 general election, Orange County residents…

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings Appoints Longtime Top FDLE Special Agent Danny Banks as Deputy County Administrator of Public Safety

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.  – Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced Thursday the appointment of Florida Department…

FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Republicans Plan to Stall Implementation of Amendment 4

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement after a report that Governor-elect Ron…

Governor Scott Appoints Six to the District Court of Appeal, Circuit and County Courts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced six appointments to a District Court of Appeal and multiple Circuit…

SPORTS NEWS

  • Nikola Vucevic takes the ball to the net against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.
    ORLANDO Orlando’s Big Fourth Quarter Sparks 111-106 Victory at Home Against the 76ers. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

MORE SPORTS NEWS

AutoNation Cure Bowl Awards Louisiana’s Alonzo Brown and Tulane’s John Leglue as Community Service Soldiers

ORLANDO, Fla. (OrlandoSportsFoundation.com) – As a part of the AutoNation Cure Bowl benefiting BCRF, executive director…

Orlando City SC Announces Protected List For 2018 MLS Expansion Draft

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando City SC today announced its protected list for the 2018 MLS Expansion…

Alex Morgan Named 2018 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

CHICAGO – On the heels of a sensational goal scoring run this year, forward Alex Morgan…

Eight Finalists Announced For 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

The eight finalists for the 2018 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD have been named, the NFL announced today.…

David Steele To Be Inducted Into Orlando Magic Hall of Fame

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will induct longtime play-by-play announcer David Steele into their Hall of…

Gerald McCoy Named Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nominee For Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today Gerald McCoy as its nominee for the Walter Payton…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has…

U.S. Postal Service Prepared For The Holidays

ORLANDO, FL — The U.S. Postal Service is prepared for the holiday season and will offer extended…

World waits to see if Trump-Xi dinner brings trade peace

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner Saturday with…

Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company

Microsoft’s big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple…

VIDEO: West Lakes Orlando Business Incubator Gets $200,000 Funding Boost from JPMorgan Chase

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - LIFT Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer and the West Lake Business…

Adam Rosen, Son of Orlando Philanthropist Harris Rosen, Dies of Brain Cancer

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Adam Michael Rosen, son of Orlando philanthropist and hotelier Harris…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

9 Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored With Academy Awards®

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that…

Knight Foundation awards grant to Miami Film Festival as part of a $37 million investment in the arts!

MIAMI, Fla. - The Miami film scene received another tremendous boost this past Monday. As…

The Golden Globes Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

LOS ANGELES, Ca. (FNN NEWS) - The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be held on…

46th Annie Award Nominations Announced Animation’s Biggest Night Set for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at UCLA’s Royce Hall

BURBANK, CA. - Nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards were announced on Dec. 3, 2018…

Bobby Brown Sues Showtime and BBC for $2 Million

NEW YORK, N.Y. (FNN NEWS) - Bobby Brown has often been very protective over his…

Elton John Cancels Both Sold Out Florida Shows

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Elton John has canceled both sold out shows in Florida…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

Join Mickey and Friends in Celebrating the Holiday Season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park features…

Disney Chefs Bake Up Holiday Magic with Gingerbread Displays at Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Cruise Line

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Wide-eyed wonderment will wash over Disney guests this holiday season…

OPINION: Melania Trump Dreams of a Very Red Christmas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) - First Lady Melania Trump clearly isn’t having a blue Christmas…

Nearly 1,200 Athletes Competed in Special Olympics Florida's State Fall Classic

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Special Olympics Florida athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans descended on…

Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers Made Celebrities at Special Olympics Florida Champions' Gala

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The red carpet rolled out for Special Olympics Florida’s Annual Champion’s…