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White House Official Resigns Over Cannabis Use 5 Years Ago

By Bruce Barcott

White House officials continued to bail over failed security clearances this week. The latest: National Economic Council official George David Banks resigned on Tuesday after learning that he would not be given a permanent security clearance. The reason? “Banks said he was told that his clearance would not be granted because he admitted to smoking marijuana in 2013,” Politico reports. 

It’s not clear whether Banks smoked cannabis in 2013 or whether his admission was made in 2013.Banks became the third official in the past week to resign over security clearance issues. Last Wednesday, White House staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down after allegations of past domestic abuse surfaced. On Friday, speechwriter David Sorensen resigned over domestic abuse allegations as well.

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