Speaker Ryan: White House should condemn domestic violence

Speaker Ryan: White House should condemn domestic violence

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that his panel launched an investigation the day before into the circumstances surrounding the former staff secretary's post.

Gowdy received the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said Tuesday morning that the White House "has work to do" to fix the vetting process and that the White House should "absolutely" condemn domestic violence. I don't know exactly how they'll do that. "You can call it official, you can call it unofficial, those words don't mean anything to me". Such a breakdown, Ryan said, needs to be "addressed".

Gowdy indicated he's specifically interested in learning more about what information the Federal Bureau of Investigation shared with the White House and when top administration officials were looped in. I have real questions about how someone like this could be considered for employment...

Earlier reports from the news outlet suggested several high-level White House officials knew for "months" about the allegations against Porter despite "serious talks" taking place about promoting the staff secretary.

But Gowdy was unimpressed, saying the chronology was "not favorable to the White House".

This includes looking at what "derogatory information" was made available to the White House - "when, and to whom".

Although the email does not explain the reason for the new policy, it does appear to indicate that officials in the personnel security office, and maybe others in the White House, were aware as far back as previous year of the potential problems of overreliance on interim security clearances.

"The House Oversight Committee has asked the White House for details on the procedures it follows in granting security clearances, which give employees access to sensitive information".

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