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GOP candidate’s security clearance becomes issue in SC

Republican Katie Arrington says her security clearance was suspended in 2021 when officials...
Republican Katie Arrington says her security clearance was suspended in 2021 when officials accused her of an improper disclosure of classified information.(Live 5/File)
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 4:16 PM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2022 at 8:34 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Republican Katie Arrington’s suspended security clearance is becoming an issue in her primary campaign against incumbent South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace.

Arrington says Mace is mischaracterizing a dispute that resulted in her departure from a job at the Pentagon.

Arrington says her security clearance was suspended in 2021 when officials accused her of an improper disclosure of classified information. Arrington says she did nothing wrong, a contention backed up in an affidavit from the officer who gave her intelligence briefings.

The dispute is likely to surface at a debate between the two on Monday.

The primary is June 14.

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