Federal Bureau of Investigation director contradicts White House timeline for Rob Porter controversy

Federal Bureau of Investigation director contradicts White House timeline for Rob Porter controversy

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said on Wednesday that the committee is investigating the White House's employment of senior aide Rob Porter, after allegations emerged that Porter abused his two ex-wives.

"We need to know more", said the Californian, emphasizing it was important to know precisely when Kelly learned of Porter's serious problems from the FBI background investigation. "So now you hear it, but you all know it". He has denied the allegations.

His statement, which members of both parties had said was long overdue, came as John F. Kelly, Trump's chief of staff, faced new questions about his handling of Porter's case, including how Porter could have held a temporary high-level security clearance for more than a year in light of the allegations.

Six Democratic senators wrote their own letter to Wray asking for a list of all White House staff working under "interim" security clearances, a status Porter had during his entire yearlong tenure at the White House.

So what did it finally take for the GOP Rep.to turn on Donald Trump's White House? In the future, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation detects any suspicious information during a White House staff interview, they shouldn't be able to handle any classified without a security clearance.


Later, when asked if he felt Chief of Staff John Kelly had been honest and transparent in his explanation of Rob Porter's departure, Pence ignored the question and praised Kelly's military career while calling him a "good man". Wray said additional information was presented to the White House in November before Porter's file was closed in January.

As important as the White House security clearances are, there is an even more worrisome security deficit - that is the millions of American students who are not secure from mass shootings and the mass negligence of legislators who enable them. The White House admittedly bungled its response, and Trump - himself accused of sexual assault - was silent on domestic violence until Wednesday.

"It gives the administration, I hate to say it, a black eye, and these were awful instances", Rove told FOX Business' Trish Regan on "The Intelligence Report". Politico reported that once he was briefed on the allegations, Kelly told staff Porter "was gone 40 minutes later".

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, said the White House should improve its vetting process. But "47 of them are in positions that report directly to President Donald Trump", NBC News notes.

In a recent editorial, the New York Times reminded us that Trump has yet to name a White House adviser on violence against women.

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