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H.R. 6955 - Special Counsel Security Assurance Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-09-27
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6955


    To establish a procedure to revoke the security clearance of a special counsel appointed by the Attorney General, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2018

    Mr. Panetta introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To establish a procedure to revoke the security clearance of a special counsel appointed by the Attorney General, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Special Counsel Security Assurance Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Access to classified information.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the security clearance of a special counsel appointed by the Attorney General in accordance with part 600 of title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, or any other official appointed by the Attorney General who exercises a similar degree of independence from the normal Department of Justice chain of command, may be revoked only if the Attorney General files an action for revocation in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and files a contemporaneous notice of the action with the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate.

(b) Judicial panel.—Any action filed under subsection (a) shall be heard and determined by a court of 3 judges pursuant to section 2284 of title 28, United States Code, and any appeal shall lie to the Supreme Court.

(c) Revocation for cause.—The security clearance of a special counsel or official described in subsection (a) may be revoked only after the court—

(1) considers the guidelines enumerated in subpart A of part 147 of title 32, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(2) issues an order finding that such security clearance is no longer consistent with the interests of national security.


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