Chaffetz Probes White House for Info on Mar-a-Lago Security

The Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter on Tuesday to the White House requesting a report on an incident that occurred during President Trump’s visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. The private club, colloquially known as the president's "winter White House," was the site of controversy on Saturday when North Korea launched a ballistic missile test and Trump and top aides began a national security conversation in the open dining area. The Washington Post wrote a story afterward entitled “Trump turns Mar-a-Lago Club terrace into open-air situation room,” creating a firestorm. Rep. Jason Chaffetz's letter asks for in-depth explanations on "whether proper security protocols were followed with regard to discussions at Mar-a-Lago, as well as who set those protocols" and for more information about the documents allegedly reviewed at Trump's table in the aftermath of the missile test. Chaffetz asks for "an explanation of whether any classified information was discussed in common areas" and "an explanation about whether and how the guests, employees, and residents at Mar-a-Lago in vetted in order to ensure that they are not foreign agents or spies."