A major congressional committee on Tuesday launched an investigation into how the White House handled allegations of domestic abuse against former aide Rob Porter, its Republican chairman, Trey Gowdy, told CNN on Wednesday.
The White House's story about who knew what when about accusations of domestic violence against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter has been anything but clear. He added that "if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government then there's a breakdown in the system". "There's a breakdown in the vetting system and that breakdown needs to be addressed".
"I'm troubled by nearly every aspect of this", House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on CNN on Wednesday morning.
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (L) reminds U.S. President Donald Trump he had a bill to sign after he departed quickly following remarks at his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S., August 12, 2017.
Gowdy, unfortunately, appears to be focusing his investigation on the FBI, and not the White House.
But Gowdy was unimpressed, saying the chronology was "not favorable to the White House".
"We do have jurisdiction over the security clearance process - I do not have jurisdiction over the president hires", Gowdy said. You can call it official. That is something White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah acknowledged Thursday. The FBI is not responsible for issuing security clearances - that's done through the White House.
A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances.
Separately, Trump's intelligence chief called for top-to-bottom reform of the security clearance process, which allowed Porter to operate in his job for more than a year with only an interim clearance.
"I would want to know from Don McGahn and General Kelly and anyone else - what did you know, from whom did you hear it, to what extent did you hear it, and what actions, if any, did you take?" 'I spent two decades believing them.
Wray tells senators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation administratively closed its file on Porter, who was operating under a temporary security clearance, in January, a month before Porter departed amid domestic abuse allegations.
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".
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