I'll just add here, allegations much weaker than this often torpedo lower-level cleared personnel. There's definitely a double standard in play that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with clout.

Does that mean he should lose his clearance? No. I'm against ...
arbitrary decisionmaking about clearances regardless of who you are. But as long as unsupported allegations are enough to cost my clients their clearances, I agree it should definitely be investigated.

That being said, you know what Kerry would no doubt appreciate right ...
about now? A fair & thorough appeals process. Something that would assuage any of his concerns that he might lose his clearance over unsubstantiated allegations. Funny story, someone (with my input) already wrote one. scribd.com/document/40189…
So how about it @markwarner? Let's make this a law. Do it for John.

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