Gerrit Lansing, the former White House chief digital officer, was not fired from his post for failing an FBI background check, but voluntarily resigned for reasons regarding his personal investments, a source with first-hand knowledge tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Lansing, however, voluntarily left his post at the White House officially Feb. 9, and his official White House file corroborates this fact, a first-hand source tells The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Politico originally reported that members of the group were “walked out of the building by security” Feb. 16 after not passing the questionnaire. Lansing, however, was likely not included in this group. Travel records obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation shows that Lansing was on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17.
Lansing is the CEO, co-founder, and part-owner of Revv, an online fundraising company that has handled online donations for the RNC, the Trump campaign, and a plethora of other Republican congressional campaigns. Revv received $170,426 from the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle, according to FEC filings.
Buzzfeed raised red flags about Lansing’s possible conflicts of interest last September, when the outlet reported that Lansing’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages do not include his involvement with Revv.
Caroline Wells, daughter of Trump’s Florida campaign manager Susan Wells, was also one of the six staffers reportedly fired from the White House. Wells resigned from her post before the background check was complete.
The background check, formally known as SF86 security questionnaire, is required for all White House staffers who work in positions related to national security.
Lansing also formerly served as the chief digital officer for the Republican National Committee, and as a press secretary for the House Budgetary Committee.
The White House did not respond for comment.
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