Crede Bailey

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Crede Bailey (left) White House Security Office, fell 'gravely ill' from Covid 19 in late September 2020. (via facebook)
Crede Bailey
Nationality USA
Occupation security official
Known for controversially issued a security clearance to Jared Kushner

Crede Bailey is a security official at The White House, who played a role in the approval and issuing of security clearances.[1][2]

Role in approving White House clearances for individuals who did not meet criteria

Tricia Newbold was a 19-year veteran of conducting reviews for the White House Security Office, who became a whistleblower, after growing frustrated with trying to get her concerns addressed through normal channels.[3][4] Newbold went to the House Oversight Committee.[5] She testified that there were 25 individuals who did not meet the criteria to be issued with a clearance to work in the White House. The highest profile individual who did not meet the usual criteria for a clearance was Jared Kushner.

Newbold's superior, who then headed the White House Security Office, subsequently replaced by Bailey, was Carl Kline. Kline discipline Newbold, suspending her for two weeks, without pay. Newbold, who has a rare form of dwarfism, said that Kline also used unofficial forms of harrassment to get even with her, including moving her files to shelves she couldn't reach.

The Oversight Committee could not subpoena Kline, so they subpoenaed Bailey, who offered a detailed defense Kline's conduct, and of his disciplining Newbold.[5] Republican committee members quoted Bailey in a minority report. He claimed

with having her concerns over exceptions being made in reviewing individuals 

Early in the Donald Trump Presidency there was controversy over issuing a White House security clearance to the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, because of his pursuit of large loans from Qatari financiers, to bail out his family's trouble real estate investments.[1]

Bailey did eventually issue Kushner a clearance, and would later testify before a Congressional committee that he didn't feel any pressure to issue that clearance.[1]

Covid infection

Bailey was infected by the Covid 19 virus sometime in September, but White House officials did not make his illness public at the time.[6] His illness was announced late on October 7th, 2020, when he was described as "gravely ill".


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ryan Goodman; Julia Brooks (2020-03-11). "Timeline on Jared Kushner, Qatar, 666 Fifth Avenue, and White House Policy". Just Security. Retrieved 2020-10-08. "White House officials Crede Bailey and Cory Louie also later testified that they did not feel pressured to grant the clearances. Newbold also reported that another agency later had “serious concerns” after Kushner applied for a higher level of clearance." 
  2. "EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process". The Hill. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2020-10-08. "Bailey, the chief security officer at The White House, also defended Kline’s restructuring of the security clearance process, policies which Newbold questioned in her testimony before the committee in April." 
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  4. Rachael Bade (2019-04-01). "White House whistleblower says Trump officials reversed 25 security clearance denials". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2020-10-08. "Newbold named several superiors she took her concerns to, including: Director of Personnel Security Carl Kline; his immediate supervisor, Chief Operations Officer Samuel Price; the White House counsel's office; assistant to the president Marcia Kelly; and Chief Security Officer Crede Bailey." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Republican Committee Staff (2019-04-01). "Democrats’ White House Security Clearance Transcribed Interview". House Oversight Committee. Archived from the original on 2019-04-01. Retrieved 2020-10-08. "One of Ms. Newbold’s primary complaints was that Kline overturned her adjudication determinations fairly regularly. She believed Kline’s decisions did not comport with the adjudicative guidelines. Since the start of the Trump Administration, Ms. Newbold said that she had compiled a list of 25 EOP employees for whom Kline had overruled her unfavorable recommendation." 
  6. Chaitra Krishnamurthy (2020-10-07). "Who is Crede Bailey? Here's why Internet thinks he brought Covid-19 to the White House". Retrieved 2020-10-08. "Bailey is a career federal employee, who was in the news in 2019 for being linked with the security clearances granted to Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner" 

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