Trump In Women’s Dressing Room – Security Clearance Guideline E

News articles today appeared alleging that Donald Trump entered woman’s dressing rooms at the 1997 Miss Teen USA Pageant while they were in various stages of undress. Miss Mariah Billado, a former Miss Vermont Teen USA contestant reported.

The question that arises –  is this conduct that DoD Directive 5220.6 under Guideline E – conduct that raises national security concerns. The Directive speaks to “inappropriate behavior in the workplace.” In other areas of the same Directive concerns include “credible adverse information…that supports a whole person assessment of questionable judgment, untrustworthiness ….” It presents an interesting question whether Mr. Trump’s conduct raises security concerns. Daily reports in the news may not be
factual or accurate. Clearly an investigation may be considered. But what is the responsibility of the DoD if any in these type of circumstances?  Attorney Alan Edmunds, a leading security clearance attorney has appeared in court on many Guideline E cases. Each case is different and is decided on the totality of evidence. Attorney Edmunds quotes portions of the Directive; “Each case must be judged on its own merits” and elsewhere “Any doubt concerning personnel being considered for access to classified information will be resolved in favor of the national security.”

Another issue that arises is whether any candidate for political office is automatically qualified for a national security clearance.



Dual Citizenship And Your Security Clearance

Alan EdmundsAttorney Alan Edmunds has represented clients who have dual citizenship in hundreds of Hearings under both DoD 5220.6 and ICPG 704.2 . You would think that the standards are the same but when you look at the Reg’s – the language is different.

Known as one of “The Best Security Clearance Lawyers“, in the country, Attorney Alan Edmunds makes no secret that he thrives in the courtroom. ICPG 704.2 states, ” Being a U.S. citizen and a citizen of another country in not prohibited or disqualifying absent a showing of heightened risks related to national security.” The same language does not appear in DoD 5220.6 .

And what if the country involved is an ally to the United States. Does this create a security concern. How about England and France, could that result in a denial of a security clearance? The answer according to Attorney Edmunds is both yes and no! The extent of involvement in the foreign country becomes very important.  This is where Alan Edmunds and the staff of The Edmunds Law Firm excel. These cases of dual citizenship can be won – but it takes experience and courtroom skills to make that happen. The loss of a Clearance is reported to JPAS and usually means the immediate termination of employment. Call the “Security Clearance Lawyer“, – call Attorney Alan Edmunds and see how experience makes the difference. Visit us at one of our web sites, and review our cases.



Dating Foreigners And Your Security Clearance

Attorney Alan Edmunds, one of this country’s Best Security Clearance Lawyers, has been in the courts on several Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference cases involving clients who live with or date foreign nationals. On several cases our client lives with a Foreign National who has applied for or received their citizenship. The problem however is not over. If the Foreign National has relatives still in a foreign country the DoD will move against the security clearance holder.

us-flagThese cases can be won however they require extensive mitigation. The foreign country involved is also a serious concern. Attorney Alan Edmunds has represented clients with this problem for country’s around the world. His success has been reported on gov’t web sites and on the law firm security clearance sites. The case reviews are posted for perspective clients to learn about Attorney Edmunds and his dedication to his clients.

Mr. Edmunds introduces evidence and favors the use of witnesses. In fact his case victories all involve strong witness testimony. Alan Edmunds personally prepares both clients and witnesses for trial. Call 800.481.2526 if you have questions about your clearance. If you need a Response to SOR, an Appeal to Security Clearance Denial or representation at a Hearing – call Alan Edmunds. His Firm has offices in California, Florida and North Carolina.

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Best Security Clearance Lawyer

Your career is important and so is the job and the pay check. If the gov’t is trying to revoke your security clearance – then its time to get the best professional legal help possible. Attorney Alan Edmunds is often called The Best Security Clearance Lawyer in the country. A recent perspective client from Florida who hired The Edmunds Law Firm did her homework. She found Attorney Edmunds has over 300 cases on the DOHA site and won an estimated 75% of those cases on behalf of his clients from across the country.

Alan EdmundsAttorney Alan Edmunds helps civilian and Active Duty Military deployed around the globe. With over 30 years of experience in military and security clearance law, Alan Edmunds wrote the book on how to win these cases. In fact he wrote two books for introduction to the security clearance process available through his web sites.

If you have questions about Response to SOR, Security Clearance Appeal or other issues such as Security Clearance Denial – call Attorney Edmunds at 800.481.2526. He has office locations on the East coast and West coast and a professional staff ready to help. Visit for more information.


Donald Trump Security Clearance Questions

The presidential bid by Donald Trump has raised several security clearance issues. There are those who tried to suggest he not receive national security clearance briefings prior to the election. Attorney Alan Edmunds, this country’s leading security clearance lawyer has been asked, what some of the concerns might be.

The Directive DoD 5220.6 that is used in security clearance applications by several government agencies has Guidelines that could raise a concern with Mr. Trump. Guideline B of the Directive according to Attorney Edmunds raises a possible concern in that the issue of Foreign Influence is an important government concern. Mr. Trump’s current wife Melania is Slovenian born and became a U.S. citizen 2006. If Melania still has relatives in a foreign country or owns property in a foreign country this could trigger a government concern.

Another concern raised in the directive is Guideline F: Financial Considerations In this Guideline the government would inquire into indebtedness, history of meeting financial obligations to determine if an individual’s reliability and trustworthiness is a concern.

Known as one of this country’s Best Security Clearance Lawyers, Alan Edmunds accepts clients across the country who are both Active Duty Military and civilian professionals. Call 800.481.2526 or visit

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Response To Statement of Reasons

The Edmunds Law Firm is this country’s leading provider for Responses to Statement of Reasons (SOR) on a national level. Attorney Edmunds appears across the country and posts his case victories on the law firm web sites for client review.

The Response to Statement of Reasons is very important. The Edmunds Law Firm can win the clearance at this early stage and does on many occasions.  Visit our websites to review cases won with just the Response.

Attorney Edmunds is aggressive in saving careers and client employment.
His experience and knowledge makes the difference.  Call 800 481 2526

Recent Favorable Decisions

October 11, 2016
Bremerton, Washington
Guidelines B (Foreign Influence), D (Sexual Behavior), K (Handling Protected Information)

An Active Duty Navy Petty Officer Second Class received a Statement of Reasons for Foreign Influence, Sexual Behavior, and Handling Protected Information Guidelines. Applicant had a relationship with a Foreign National while holding a security clearance. Additionally, the Government had allegations that Applicant was providing Force Protection information to his Foreign National Girlfriend. Applicant contacted The Edmunds Law Firm for help in responding to the Governments allegations. This case was unique as Applicant was in the Navy Submarine Force and was reassigned to a temporary shore unit while going through this adjudication process. Applicant was being processed for Administrative Separation for not maintaining a security clearance. The Edmunds Law Firm responded to each allegation listed in the Statement of Reasons, with a professionally written response with numerous exhibits that supported the Applicant’s response. DODCAF made a favorable decision for Applicant to maintain his security clearance. As a result, Administrative Separation processing was stopped, and this Second Class Petty Officer was able to continue with his Navy career.

Department of Hearing And Appeals (DOHA) Hearing
GUIDELINES E and F (Personal Conduct & Financial Considerations)
August 18, 2016
San Diego, California

A Contractor working as an Electrical Engineer for the U.S. Government received a Statement of Reasons for Financial issues and Personal Conduct issues. The financial debt total was over $170,000.00. The Personal Conduct Issue was falsifying the e-QIP, by failing to disclose debt. The Applicant requested a Hearing in front of an Administrative Judge. At the hearing, Mr. Edmunds presented numerous exhibits and mitigating documents which were crucial to the case. As a result, the Contractor received a favorable Security Clearance Determination. The knowledge and experience of Mr. Edmunds and his staff were crucial in providing the mitigating documents that were necessary to win this case. The Edmunds Law Firm saved this Contractor’s Security Clearance, and most importantly, the Contractor’s career was saved thanks to Mr. Edmunds and his professional staff.

Written Response to SOR
May 19, 2016
Guideline B – Foreign Influence

The Edmunds Law Firm received a favorable decision on a national security clearance case involving Guideline B – Foreign Influence! This victory for our client was achieved through a written Response to the SOR! Attorney Ryan C. Nerney wrote the Response to the SOR that alleged our client was not trustworthy because he had family contacts in Afghanistan! Attorney Nerney was able to present strong mitigation through various arguments to reduce the government’s concerns. Attorney Nerney filed evidence and statements that mitigated the concerns in the SOR and the clearance was granted without the time and expense of a formal Hearing.

DOHA (Hearing)
April 21, 2016
Guidelines B (Foreign Influence) and Guideline C (Foreign Preference)
Durham, North Carolina

A Statement of Reasons was issued to a Government Contractor by the Department of Defense, Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DODCAF) for Foreign Influence and Foreign Preference.  This Government Contractor requested a Hearing in front of an Administrative Judge, and the case was heard in December 2015.  Mr. Alan Edmunds represented this client, and provided evidence and testimony to the Judge at the hearing.  With the experience and knowledge of Mr. Edmunds, and the support of his staff, this case was in favor of the client.  As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated.  This Government Contractor’s security clearance was granted and most importantly, was able to continue with his career working for the Government.

DOHA (Hearing)
April 8, 2016
Guidelines E and K.
Caldwell, New Jersey

A Government Contractor received a Statement of Reasons for Personal Conduct and Handling Protected Information. The case was assigned to an Administrative Judge for a hearing. Mr. Edmunds represented this client, and provided evidence and testimony to the Judge at the hearing. As a result, the Government’s concerns were mitigated. This Government Contractor was able to maintain his security clearance and continue with his job.

DODCAF (Written Response)
Guideline F – 25 allegations
Guideline B
Boise, Idaho

A Federal Employee received a Statement of Reasons for Financial Allegations (Tax Lien’s, Unpaid Taxes, Collection Accounts Unpaid) and Foreign Influence (Working for a foreign family (Saudi Arabia). Mr. Edmunds and his staff responded the allegations listed in the Statement of Reasons through a professionally written response. After the Response was submitted and received by DODCAF, notification was received by The Edmunds Law Firm from the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals that stated: “due to the additional information provided regarding the allegations listed in the Statement of Reasons, the Government Withdraws the Statement of Reasons, and the Security Clearance is granted.” Another example of the professional services provided by The Edmunds Law Firm.

DODCAF – Response to Statement of Reasons
Citrus Heights, California
GUIDELINES E and F (Personal Conduct & Financial Considerations)
February 10, 2016

A Contractor working as an Auditor for the U.S. Government received a Statement of Reasons for Financial issues and Personal Conduct issues. The Statement of Reasons had over 15 allegations of Financial debt and Personal Conduct issues. The Financial debt total was over $40,000.00. The Personal Conduct issue was failure to address debt in the SF-86. Mr. Edmunds and his staff prepared a professionally written response to the Governments allegations. As a result of this written response, the Contractor received a favorable Security Clearance Determination.

Orlando, Florida
Guidelines E and H
January 2016

A Systems Engineer working as a Government Contractor for the Department of Defense, received a Statement of Reasons for Drug Involvement, and Personal Conduct. The Personal Conduct allegation was due to falsifying a Government document (SF-86). Mr. Alan Edmunds represented the Contractor at his hearing, and through testimony and the submission of exhibits, Mr. Edmunds was able to mitigate the Government’s concerns. As a result, the Judge issued a favorable decision. Once again, another career saved by Mr. Edmunds and his staff.

Written Response To SOR
September, 2015 – Wantage, New Jersey
Guideline E – Personal Conduct

The Edmunds Law Firm received Notice of another favorable decision in a National Security Clearance case following a written submission to a Statement of Reasons commonly referred to as an SOR. The case involved a client who refused to sign a medical release form and was subsequently fired from his job. Edmunds Law Firm filed a Written Response to SOR with exhibits and a legal brief. The arguments that were presented mitigated all of the government concerns and our client was granted his security clearance without a formal hearing.

Security Clearance
Department of the Navy: Response to Statement of Reasons
Guideline F
September 2015

Applicant, an honorably discharged Navy veteran and loyal United States Citizen, was issued a Statement of Reasons due to serious financial considerations including bankruptcy, past due payments, collections and judgments totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. The Edmunds Law Firm, through a written response to the Statement of Reasons, mitigated the government’s concerns with Applicant’s financial considerations by proving the financial debts were caused by circumstances outside Applicant’s control. The favorable decision resulted in the Applicant’s security clearance being reinstated.

Security Clearance
DOHA: Reapplication Brief
Guidelines D and E
September 2015

Applicant was issued a Statement of Reasons for government’s concerns regarding his sexual behavior and personal conduct. For six years, Applicant viewed adult pornographic material on government computers while working for a government agency. When Applicant’s security clearance revocation was upheld after a hearing, attorney Alan Edmunds of the Edmund’s Law Firm successfully mitigated the government’s concerns in a reapplication brief. The favorable decision provided Applicant with Top Secret security clearance eligibility.

Ashley Madison & Your Security Clearance

The data leaks at the cheating web site Ashley Madison is creating serious problems for holders of national security clearances.  The DoD is taking this event as a possible threat to national security. This country’s leading security clearance lawyer, Alan Edmunds, is providing guidance to people involved with this issue and also discussing reporting requirements.

The concerns for the DoD is found in Guideline D: Sexual Behavior and Guideline E: Personal  Conduct of the Directive 5220.6 – clients need to know the implications.

Your security clearance is being reviewed on a continuous monitoring program by DoD. Data banks are being scanned on a regular basis. FSO’s are calling employees for interviews. Be careful!!

If you have concerns call 800 481 2526 and speak with Attorney Alan Edmunds . His law firm has coast to coast coverage for legal representation. Visit for more information.


Guideline C problems in Your SOR: What Does That Mean?

If you received a Statement of Reasons (SOR), you are pretty down in the dumps. Your security clearance is at risk of being denied or revoked. When you receive a Statement of Reasons, they will let you know exactly what is bothering them about giving you your security clearance. There are 13 different Guidelines. The Department of Defense (DOD) divided up their problems with your life into 13 neat categories all labeled with a letter. One of those problems fits in a category called Guideline C.

What do Guideline C Concerns Mean?

It means that the DOD is concerned you may prefer another country over America. I know it is hard to believe that any country is favorable to USA, but use your imagination. The DOD’s Guideline C concerns are that you will prefer a foreign country so much that your decision making will be compromised.

What Raises Guideline C Concerns?

  • having dual citizenship;
  • Exercising said citizenship by participating in their military, accepting benefits from them, holding office there, or voting in a foreign election;
  • Residing in a foreign country to gain citizenship;
  • Protecting your business or finances through a foreign country;
  • Trying to get foreign citizenship in any way;
  • Any statement or action that shows foreign preference;

What can I do about it if the DOD raises Guideline C issues?
In addition to calling a well-trained Security Clearance attorney, like those at the Edmunds Law firm, you can mitigate the allegations.

“How can I mitigate my dual citizenship?” you ask. You can show that the only reason you have it was because of your parent’s citizenship or because you were born in a foreign country. You could denounce your foreign citizenship. You could destroy your foreign passport. I mean, how bad do you want this clearance?

“How can I mitigate my exercise of foreign citizenship?” you ask. You might show that all that foreign nonsense took place before you became a US citizen or when you were a kid. If possible, it would be great if the US Government encouraged you to vote in the foreign election.

If Guideline C concerns are getting you down, don’t delay, call EDMUNDS LAW FIRM today and get the help you need before your security clearance gets revoked or denied.


What should I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Being confused by the SF-86 (Standard Form 86) happens. It is a 17 page document, filled with minutia. To top it all off you just want to be done with the barrage of questions being hurled at you. Filling it out correctly means the difference between getting your security clearance and being denied and possibly sacrificing your career. The best thing to do if you are confused by the SF-86 is to call an attorney who specializes in security clearance law, like those at the Edmunds Law Firm. Going at that form on your own is taking your livelihood into your own hands. But okay…you want to give it a go let me give you some help.

What, specifically, shouldn’t I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Don’t just start filling in blanks without reading the directions thoroughly.
Don’t put down answers because you think that is what the government wants to hear.
Don’t skip questions.

Okay…now you know what you shouldn’t do….

What, specifically, should I do if I am confused by the SF-86?

Provide additional information! When you are filling out a form like the SF-86, it is easy to think it is like a Scantron. You can only write the answers in the spaces provided, but that is just not the case. In addition to the “additional space” provided at the very end for questions 11, 12, and 13, you can always add your own paper. That’s right folks, you can add more paper to this lengthy form.

What should you write to explain, “I am confused by the SF-86?”

Take an additional piece of paper at note the question. Then, in narrative form, explain why you are confused or uncertain. Explain how you see the question being asked and how you interpreted it.

Better than that is to be proactive. Ask someone who knows a great deal about the SF-86 and who isn’t confused by it one bit. Ask for help from an attorney, like those at the Edmunds Law Firm.

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When Do I Need A Security Clearance Lawyer?

Do not wait! Do not wait! Do not wait to get a security clearance lawyer! Can I make it any clearer? When you need security clearance, the process starts with you being asked to fill out a Standard Form 86 (SF86). If you are on this site, you may have already seen this ungodly document. It is seventeen pages long and it is going to ask you about every aspect of your life. If my livelihood depended upon this one seventeen page document, you know what I would do? Get a security clearance lawyer.

Why do I need a Security Clearance lawyer?

First off they are going to instruct you on some basics of filling out the forms. These are kindergarten level; yet, many miss step and fail at this simple task.

  1. Complete your SR86 accurately.
  2. Complete your SR86 fully.
  3. Complete your SR86 truthfully.

Even at this basic level, having a security clearance lawyer there to read over your SR86 is invaluable to your accuracy, your completeness, and your honesty. The problem is that you don’t want to read this monster carefully. You just want it to be done. You just want this entire investigation to be done. Your security clearance lawyer has read t his document more times than they would like to admit and knows it inside and out. They can help you.

What happens if I don’t get a security clearance lawyer up front?

Sometimes nothing happens. However, if you mess up, even once, and don’t provide enough information or don’t state information in a particular way, you are going to wind up having to defend a Statement of Reasons (SOR). To be honest, you may have to anyway…lawyers aren’t gods…even though they would like to think so sometimes. That SOR lists reasons why you should have gotten a security clearance lawyer in the first place. They are reasons why your security clearance is not going through.  Don’t wait until you are handed your SOR, do the right thing, protect your livelihood to the best of your ability, and hire a good, seasoned security clearance lawyer to assist you in your SF86. The attorneys at Edmunds Law Firm fit that bill!