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House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter

House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter House panel opens investigation of ex-Trump aide Rob Porter
Ellis Copeland | 14 February, 2018, 19:44

"The chronology is not favorable for the White House", Gowdy said of reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation repeatedly told Republican President Donald Trump's administration about the allegations and warned that Porter should not be given access to sensitive information.

Ryan, who never met a word he didn't mince, was unusually candid in his response, though did not respond to the president by name.

The Trump administration's intelligence chief says the government's background checks system is "broken" and must be completely overhauled. Gowdy said. "The chronology is not favorable for the White House".

When asked if Kelly could have been more transparent or truthful, [another White House] official wrote: "In this White House, it's simply not in our DNA". He called for limits on the information made accessible to those with temporary clearances - a practice that is now not followed in the West Wing, an official said. "Again, I am biased toward the victim", Gowdy said.

The White House has asserted that Porter's background investigation was ongoing and that officials first learned the extent of accusations against him only last week, just before Porter abruptly resigned. Fox News is told, however, that Kelly is not being pushed out. That is something White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah acknowledged Thursday.

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"And then we administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well", Wray added in his congressional testimony Tuesday, without elaboration.

Also surprising is Gowdy's next statement: The House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into the Rob Porter scandal Tuesday night.

UPDATE (10:30 a.m.): On Wednesday, Gowdy sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asking for information about the White House's security clearance process and what information about Porter officials had when the decision was made to grant Porter a temporary one.

A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances.

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". Joni Ernst told CNN about a report that the White House arranged for Porter to defend himself privately to reporters after the allegations surfaced.

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