White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the in-house security office had not finished reviewing Porter's background investigation when he resigned - and FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that the agency had closed its probe of his security clearance in November. 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.
Brian Kilmeade, one of the hosts, had some harsh words on Tuesday for Raj Shah, a White House deputy press secretary, after Shah defended a background-check investigation that he said Porter had been subject to for months. The President, moreover, has a history of seeking someone to blame when he slumps into political trouble.
You don't keep people in the White House who've been credibly accused of domestic abuse. And many questions about the matter went unanswered, as the daily press briefing was postponed repeatedly until, in the wake of the shooting, it was cancelled completely. Trump's handpicked FBI Director, Christopher Wray, told a Congressional committee that the White House is lying about when they found out about Rob Porter's spousal abuse. He denies the allegations against him.
For nearly a week now President Trump's communications team has spun a misleading narrative about why Porter was still working at the White House with access to classified information despite only holding an interim security clearance.
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Wray's testimony upended the White House's timeline of the events that led to Porter's departure, contradicting the contention of top officials that his background investigation was "ongoing" at the time of his resignation last week.
"It's truly the lowest of low - and you have to take it very seriously". And were Trump to field questions on the issue he would inevitably then face scrutiny over the multiple sexual assault allegations that have been leveled against him. One goes that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who author Michael Wolff claimed once dated Hicks, is behind the smear.
There was good reason to believe he had been compromised by a foreign government while he was serving as national security advisor.
"For me, living in constant fear of Rob's anger and being subjected to his degrading tirades for years chipped away at my independence and sense of self-worth".
Porter, who as staff secretary handled all of the documents that made their way to the president, was forced to resign after allegations of abuse by his two ex-wives surfaced, sparking a week of shifting explanations by White House officials about who knew about those claims against Porter and when they knew it. In the weeks before, according to people familiar with the situation, Porter had been jockeying for an expanded position in the West Wing.
"Soon thereafter, we received requests for followup inquiry, and we did the followup, and provided that information in November", Wray said.
Wait, this White House lied? "Let's acknowledge the reality that they were abused", Cortes said.
The level of danger posed by Russia - and Russia's ability to strategically destroy the foundations of our democracy - monopolized the hearing because it should be monopolizing our policy focus and response.
"It's the same handwriting, it's same type of tone and message".
Kilmeade fired back: "But he hasn't said that".
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".
But as Kelly shook up the West Wing and had some success at clamping down on public backstabbing, he also made some enemies inside and outside the building.
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