FBI chief says to check Rob Porter background ‘completed’ in the last year, despite White house claims

Rob Porter (center), resigned last week after the allegations surfaced against him for domestic violence.


FBI Director, Christopher Wray, testified on Tuesday that the former White house staff Secretary, Rob Porter had graduated to a background check, months before he was forced to resign over political allegations against him-the conflict with the White house timeline, said, has continued the examination.

Wray told lawmakers at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI followed established protocols and submitted a partial report on the Porter in March 2017, followed by a “completed” background investigation at the end of July.

Wray acknowledged that there were follow-ups. “Soon after we received the request for follow-up investigation, and we have the follow-up and provided the information in November and … we administratively, the file is closed in January,” he said.

Wray added that the FBI “additional information” in this month, which she in turn passed on to the White house.

It was unclear whether this information is related to the abuse allegations. The statement by Wray, though, seems to conflict with the narrative of the White house, the background check said, in the Porter was not completed and that was why there was no lawsuit against Porter in spite of the allegations of ill-treatment by his two ex-wives.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, said, “The process for the background was in progress, and the White house had no specific papers on the completion, to check that the background.”

The White house released a statement, last Thursday, pushing to the allegations and the defense of Porter. But within 24 hours, when the pictures were taken from one of Porter’s ex-wives with a black eye, Porter resigned. Porter denied the allegations against him.

White house officials have said they were not aware of the extent of the allegations until last week. The timeline has questions about what knew the White house chief of staff John Kelly, and when.

Trump was asked about Porter on Friday, and told reporters: “it was very sad when we heard of it.” He added that Porter said he was innocent.


Kelly faced control over the handling of the Porter allegations

“He said, very strongly yesterday that he is innocent, so you have to talk to him about it, but we absolutely wish him well, he has a very good job when he was in the White house,” he said.


Also the case has questions about the safety of the distances in the White house. Porter, interim security clearance, served during the audit logged.

Earlier Tuesday, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats described the system of security review as “broken” and needs to be revised.

“We practically have to start with a white sheet and say, `What can we do better to ensure that we have the right background information is necessary in order to certify that someone has to work, in our community and in the government?”‘ Coats told the Associated Press.

“But how can we do it in a way that does not leave us with hundreds of thousands of people waiting to be watched and certified with key-slots open in different agencies?”

The AP reported that it takes about four months to a distance to the access to “secret” information, and nine to 10 months, for a “top-secret” clearance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

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