White House's security process 'broken'

John Kelly Committed A Crime By Letting Rob Porter Handle Classified Info Without Security Clearance

The FBI had been doing a security background check on Porter and gave a partial report to the White House in March, with the complete report submitted in July.

The FBI, Wray said on Tuesday, had concluded months earlier that Porter's past made him ineligible for a full (multi-year) security clearance.

The FBI says, however, that when an interim clearance is granted, "the background investigation must be expedited, and, if unfavourable information is developed at any time, the interim security clearance may be withdrawn". Kelly himself offered an account last week that contradicted earlier White House timelines of Porter's resignation.

"We administratively closed the file in January", FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Caught in a lie by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at today's press briefing, Sarah Sanders chose to say that just because the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House are saying different things, it doesn't mean that the White House is lying.

Senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump also viewed Porter as a professional, competent staffer and worked to elevate his standing inside the West Wing, two sources familiar with the situation said.

In the Oval Office, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stands beside White House communications director Hope Hicks, the girlfriend of ex-staffer Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic violence.

Later Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that there was no conflict between what Wray said and the Trump administration's version of events.

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But reporters kept pressing on the extent that White House officials knew about allegations of emotional and physical abuse surrounding the disgraced aide-who resigned last Wednesday after the scandal broke.

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Pressed on the possible implication that strong women do not endure abuse, Conway said there was "no question" that many women are abused and she spoke against the stigma around abuse that prevents some people from coming forward.

"This is a process that doesn't operate within the White House", she said.

Willoughby, Porter's second wife, alleged that Porter once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h' on their honeymoon. "And we did the follow-up and provided that information in November", Wray told the Senate committee.

As general counsel to Portman, Porter did not need a high-level security clearance. In fact, the White House didn't fire Porter after they found out. Porter has denied all allegations that he abused his ex-wives. Porter claims he is innocent.

In reality, Vice President Pence said publicly that he was "appalled" when he learned of the domestic abuse allegations.



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