Reality Winner’s security clearance prompts questions from senators

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill sent a letter to the Office of Personnel Management Thursday questioning the security clearance process for Reality Winner, the National Security Agency contractor accused of allegedly leaking classified information about attempted Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election.

Johnson, R-Wis., and McCaskill, D-Mo., wrote Kathleen McGettigan, the Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management, that they were looking for answers to the process under which the federal government issues, monitors, and investigates those with security clearances.

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