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Why so many temporary White House clearances? Adam Schiff wants to know.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D) of California, ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, speaks with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Feb. 14 in Washington. He said 'It shouldn't be routine that a temporary clearance is extended and extended and extended.' Source: Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor

President Trump’s White House isn’t famous for sweating the small stuff. Maybe that’s one reason it is stumbling over something known for exacting detail: the security clearance process.

More than a week after allegations of spousal abuse against former staff secretary Rob Porter burst into public view, the administration is still struggling to explain who knew about problems revealed by Mr. Porter’s background check, when they knew them, and what they did or didn’t do in response.

Testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday indicated that White House

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