Federal Bureau of Investigation director contradicts White House's Porter timeline

Federal Bureau of Investigation director contradicts White House's Porter timeline

Porter was still working under an interim security clearance while the FBI conducted its background investigation and reported its findings to the White House.

When one reporter complained that after a week America still does not have a clear understanding of what the White House did to coverup the Rob Porter scandal, Huckabee Sanders responded, "I've done the best I can to walk you through that process".

"Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray said a partial background check was submitted in March 2017, and the completed report was released in July - months after Porter's two ex-wives told the FBI that he was a wife beater". In early February, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received additional information on the case that it passed onto the White House, according to Wray.

The timeline laid out in Wray's testimony before Congress sharply departs from the narrative offered by the White House last week.

For his part, President Donald Trump addressed the issue on Friday without expressing sympathy for the women and saying Porter had "very strongly" said he was innocent. She also said that "the White House had not received any specific papers regarding the completion of that background check" by the time of Porter's resignation.

Today's White House press briefing began with an expected diversion from the controversy at hand, with Press Secretary Sanders announcing that the latest cause for the donation of the President's salary would be the Department of Transportation, in efforts to "modernize crumbling infrastructure".

Porter's departure from the White House following the publication last week of allegations of spousal abuse by his two ex-wives has rattled Trump's White House and led to internal tensions, with the president privately griping about Kelly and musing about replacements.


The timeline has prompted questions about the administration's claims about its reaction to delays in Porter's security check.

What Trump said: Trump hasn't taken a strong public stand on whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, despite the intelligence community's firm assessment that it did.

The day Porter resigned, Sanders portrayed it as his decision alone.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday that what happened was "completely reasonable and normal".

The case also has raised questions about security clearances at the White House. And, over the weekend, Trump tweeted "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", some of which he said, are "old". Hicks is one of the only original White House Staffers left remaining, so it will be interesting to see how the White House will approach her.

After continued pushback on the national security ramifications of Porter's tenure at the White House, an exasperated Sanders blamed the media.

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