Watchdogs demand Biden investigation after firing of nonbinary official Sam Brinton

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

December 15, 2022

Conservative watchdog groups are calling on President Joe Biden’s Energy Department to launch an internal investigation into its security clearance process after the agency fired Sam Brinton — the nonbinary nuclear waste official being charged with felony theft and grand larceny.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate GOP Conference and the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said on Tuesday that the Energy Department should look into its “failed security clearance process” and how it vetted Brinton. Now, three watchdogs tell the Washington Examiner that such an investigation is warranted to safeguard public trust and provide information on who exactly is awarded security clearances.

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