Former Breitbart Editor Leaving White House

Sebastian Gorka served as a national security adviser
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2017 3:00 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
Report: Controversial Security Aide Leaving White House
Sebastian Gorka.   (Wikipedia)

Insiders say a former Breitbart editor with links to the far right will be leaving the White House in the days to come—and it isn't Steve Bannon. According to CNN's sources, former Breitbart national security editor Sebastian Gorka, who has been serving as a national security aide in the White House, will be leaving the administration this week. An administration official tells the AP that Gorka, a dual British-US citizen with Hungarian roots, had been hired for a role on White House strategist Bannon's Strategic Initiatives Group, a national security panel that group "fizzled" in the early months of the administration.

Gorka was charged with taking a gun through a TSA checkpoint at Reagan National Airport last year, which made him unable to get a security clearance to serve on the National Security Council. The Guardian reports that Gorka's links to the far right in Hungary, where he attempted a career in politics before moving to the US, had been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that Gorka, known for his hardline stance against radical Islamists, had been seeking the role of special US envoy to Libya, though sources say foreign diplomats were alarmed by a partition plan for the country that he drew up on a napkin during a meeting. (More Trump administration stories.)

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