House oversight investigating WH handling of Rob Porter

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 15, 2018

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray Wednesday morning seeking information about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and his security clearance amid a firestorm surrounding allegations of domestic abuse. Porter has denied the allegations.

Gowdy, who oversaw the House Intelligence Committee's months-long investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said the panel launched a probe of the Porter case on Tuesday night after Wray's testimony. Sorensen's position did not require a security clearance, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.

"John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff for the president of the United States, and I look forward to continuing to work with him for many, many months to come", Pence said.

"You don't want people with domestic violence allegations hired, whether there's security clearance at issue or not", he added.

Pence was interviewed by Axios' Mike Allen Wednesday in Washington and was asked specifically about Kelly's handling of the scandal. How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? "I'll leave that to them", Ryan said.

Banks, who worked as a special assistant to the president for worldwide energy and environmental policy, is the latest White House official to resign over the past week.

"We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don't have".

But that timeline appears to contradict Wray's testimony from Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed its security clearance "in late July".

Gowdy asked for the information by Wednesday, Feb. 28th.

CNN reported last week that 30 to 40 White House officials and administration political appointees were still operating without full security clearances, including Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump.

Kushner's extensive holdings and his travels have delayed the process, and there is no concern about either the vetting process or Kushner's ability to do his job, Lowell said.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them in the years before he entered politics. Trump has denied the accusations and has accused Democrats and the news media of orchestrating a smear campaign.

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