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A top aide said a low-level staffer requested security clearances for Trump's children

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UPDATE: Donald Trump denied that he was trying to get security clearance for his children.

A low-level staffer, who is no longer with Donald Trump's transition team, apparently requested security clearances for three of the president-elect's children, sources told ABC News

A top aide said the security clearance request was made "without authorization." 

Tuesday night Trump's transition team signed a memorandum of understanding that put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge.

Trump's transition team has to provide the current administration the names of people who are authorized to represent the transition, White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine told ABC News. 

"Once we have received those names and related materials, those individuals will be able to receive the briefing materials we have prepared and begin to communicate with their Obama Administration agency counterparts as we continue our work to facilitate the transition to the next Administration," she explained. 

Trump has only been president-elect for a week, but Democrats have already started reaching out to his transition team. 


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a letter to Trump, detailing the concerns she has with the president-elect's previous campaign promises. 

She posted the letter on her Facebook page.  

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for Trump to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. 

"If Trump is serious about seeking unity, the first thing he should do is rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon. Rescind it. Don’t do it. Think about this. Don’t do it," Reid said on the Senate floor. "As long as a champion of racial division is a step away from the Oval Office, it will be impossible to take Trump’s efforts to heal the nation seriously."

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