The White House can’t escape its Rob Porter problem.
More than a week after allegations of domestic violence against each of his former ex-wives surfaced against the now-former staff secretary FBI Director Christopher Wray laid the issue even more thoroughly at doorstep of President Donald Trump’s West Wing. President Donald Trump’s doorstep.
“Wray said … that the bureau completed its background investigation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter last year, contradicting the White House’s assertion that the FBI ‘process’ was ongoing,” POLITICO’s Martin Matishak and Josh Gerstein report.
Speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wray’s testimony created a fresh furor around the domestic violence accusations levied at Porter, the influential former staff secretary. The result? The White House and chief of staff John Kelly in particular are once again on the defensive.
There were also fresh details today about how the White House handled Porter’s departure and how Porter himself sought to portray it. As POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson reports, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other aides attended an off-the-record meeting with Porter and four correspondents.
Porter said he was planning to resign — and denied abuse allegations and offered an explanation for photos of one of his …read more
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