A congressional committee has opened an investigation into the security vetting of a top White House aide who resigned in disgrace last week over domestic abuse allegations, the panel's Republican chairman said on Wednesday (Feb 14).
"And if a person who commits domestic violence gets in government then there's a breakdown in the system".
FBI Director Christopher Wray says the bureau gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions a year ago regarding Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.
Gowdy pointed to conflicting accounts of the timeline of Porter's clearance from Wray, who testified to the Senate Tuesday that the background investigation was completed in July, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said the process was "ongoing" and "hadn't been completed" when Porter left his job.
Despite that, Porter took on an increasingly central role in the West Wing and was under consideration to serve as Trump's deputy chief of staff, two officials said. Fox News is told, however, that Kelly is not being pushed out. 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. "I have real questions about whether someone like this can be considered for employment, whether there's a security clearance issue or not".
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A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances. President Trump further stoked controversy by publicly praising Porter and pointing to his denial without expressing sympathy or support for the alleged victims - then appearing to cast doubt on the #MeToo movement in a weekend tweet. "You can call it official, you can call it unofficial, those words don't mean anything to me". I spent two decades believing them.
Coast said the government needs to "basically start with a clean sheet", using new technologies to weed out those who shouldn't be in government, but in a way that "doesn't leave us with hundreds of thousands waiting to be looked at and certified".
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.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Porter's ex-wife Colbie Holderness said Conway's comment "implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong". "You can't justify that".