Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

House Republicans Open Investigation Into White House Handling Of Porter Scandal

House Republicans Open Investigation Into White House Handling Of Porter Scandal

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that Gowdy was "doing his job" by looking into the process by which Porter was given an interim clearance.

Instead of condemning domestic violence, President Trump has twice seemed to defend Porter and another staffer who resigned amid domestic abuse allegations.

"They clearly have work to do to fix their vetting system", he said. Early during the interview, Gowdy - who recently announced he will not seek another term in Congress - said he's skeptical of reports indicating Chief of Staff John Kelly knew about domestic abuse allegations against former top aide Rob Porter for months.

House lawmakers are now investigating how former White House aide Rob Porter was able to work for months under an interim security clearance despite allegations of domestic abuse against him.


White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, pressed by reporters at Tuesday's briefing about Wray's latest account of the timelinne, explained that the White House personnel security office got information a year ago for what they considered the final background investigation report. McGahn told Kelly last fall there was concern about information in the background investigation involving Porter's ex-wives, the official said, and Kelly expressed surprise that Porter had previously been married.

But Gowdy was unimpressed, saying the chronology was "not favorable to the White House". Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that "there are a dozen or more people at Mr. Kushner's level" who are working without full security clearances. "Whether or not there is a security clearance issue or not, I have real questions about whether someone like this can be considered for employment, whether there's a security clearance issue or not".

A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances.

'You can call it official, you can call it unofficial, ' Gowdy said.


Both of Porter's ex-wives said they were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January 2017, shortly after his appointment as staff secretary, and they each reported their abuse allegations to investigators. Kelly does not enjoy the confidence of an increasing number of his subordinates, some of whom said they believe that the retired four-star Marine Corps general has misled them.

'Who knew what when and to what extent - those are the questions that I think ought to be asked.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Holderness wrote that Conway's first statement "implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong". Porter has denied harming them.


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