Febrero 19, 2018

Rob Porter case prompts questions about White House security clearances

15 Febrero 2018, 04:55 | Crisanna Felipe

Rob Porter case prompts questions about White House security clearances

FBI contradicts White House version of aide's clearance

But once it became clear that he was operating with an interim security clearance, questions have swirled over when the White House learned of the accusations of abuse, which Porter's ex-wives say they revealed to the FBI during his background check.

The White House is facing security concerns after it was revealed that dozens of officials have been working without permanent security clearances. Sanders responded that the White House takes national security issues very seriously and that the FBI was responsible for giving permission to Mr. Porter to handle classified information while awaiting full clearance, not the White House nor the president. The bureau then completed its check in July, followed up in November, and closed the file in January.

That information could complicate the White House's timeline of events surrounding Rob Porter, who resigned as staff secretary last week after allegations of domestic violence.

"The words 'mere allegation' and 'falsely accused' meant to imply that I am a liar", responded Porter's ex-wife Jennie Willoughby on Sunday in a piece for Time.

Sanders got plenty of support for her slam against the media. Sherman reports that a source said Ivanka and Jared Kushner have been looking to have John Kelly replaced. And now, Trump may be pointing the finger at White House staffer John Kelly.

"I think that talk about the chief's departure is much ado about nothing".

That contradicts the timeline offered by the White House. "His clearance was never denied, and he resigned".

Conway said in an interview on CNN that she had no reason to doubt the women making allegations of abuse against Porter.

Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, met quietly with reporters last week to explain his side of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.

The entire upper echelon of the executive branch is claiming that they were not aware of a completed FBI report sent to the executive branch.

"If changes are thought to be made, that would be made by the law enforcement and intel communities that run that process, not the White House".

These two cases of domestic abuse leave me with one question: If innocent, why resign?

Porter reportedly said they started struggling after Holderness was 'ready to throw glass onto the floor to smash'.

As staff secretary, Porter handled the president's paper flow, giving him access to highly sensitive information as well as the president himself. How did the White House allow them to continue serving for so long with these skeletons in the closet?

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