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The White House And FBI Have Very Different Stories About Rob Porter

FBI Porter background check done in July 2017 FBI boss contradicts White House on Porter clearance
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Febrero, 2018, 16:03

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".

On his show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, the host singled out White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for claiming she is not worried about communications director Hicks' relationship with Porter because Hicks is a "strong woman". Rob Porter, the White House aide, has been accused by two ex-wives of serial domestic abuse.

Porter resigned from his position as White House staff secretary last week after news reports on the alleged domestic violence emerged. The internal finger-pointing confuses the American public and undermines confidence in our clearance systems and our institutions. "I think he needs to be more explicit; he needs to be more deliberate in talking about this issue", said Steve Cortes, a former Trump campaign adviser, on CNN. Trump called them liars and said he'd sue them - though that hasn't happened. Here from the initial notification it looks like it was 11 months.

For months, Kelly - with help from Porter - had established a semblance of stability in a White House often rattled by an unpredictable president. Wray's comments - and the allegations that have come to light about Porter - suggest that the White House, again, disregarded intelligence community guidance.

The president has floated names of possible replacements for Kelly, including National Economic Council head Gary Cohn, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and businessman and GOP heavyweight Wayne Berman. The President, moreover, has a history of seeking someone to blame when he slumps into political trouble. And on Saturday, he appeared to cast doubt on the women's allegations when he tweeted: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

"He is a friend, a confidant, and a trusted professional". Historically, the intelligence community provides appropriately cleared individuals with access to sensitive information. John McCain, R-Ariz., for being a POW during the Vietnam War, you probably don't place social justice and Torah-based values at the top of your concerns.

If true, her involvement would put her in the sights of the special counsel probe.

But in general, Coats said, people with temporary clearance should have limited access to classified information. Neither was authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

"The FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March".

A he said-she said between the White House and the FBI will likely ensue and continue, in the briefing room and on the President's Twitter feed. A lack of due process has forced countless women to endure rather than expose abuse they've experienced in their homes.

The chief of staff, who some claimed would bring order and discipline to the perpetually teetering Trump White House, defended Porter's character, even after the allegations were reported last Tuesday. And more than a dozen women have accused Trump of harassing or assaulting them.

And if a background check turns up a credible allegation of domestic violence, as Porter's apparently did? It might also explain Kelly's misguided reluctance to oust Porter, since it appears he was integral to the process of managing the West Wing. Porter has denied all allegations that he abused his ex-wives.

Amid Coats' criticism of the security clearance process, FBI Director Christopher Wray provided a timeline of the agency's work on a background check for Porter - raising new questions about the White House's version of events.

"We should not short-circuit an investigation just because allegations are made, unless they could compromise national security or interfere with operations at the White House".