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The house Oversight Committee is investigating, Rob Porter scandal
The White house, despite calls continue to be on stand-by-chief-of-staff to John Kelly for his resignation.
House lawmakers are now investigating how the former White House aide Rob Porter was able, for months under an interim security clearance despite accusations of domestic violence against him.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that his panel launched an investigation the day before in the environment in which the former employees of the Secretary of the post.
In a letter Wednesday to FBI Director, Christopher Wray, Gowdy said the panel examination, the interim security clearance process, and “the extent to which all of the safety check issued to Porter comported with these policies and processes.”
This includes to look at what “derogatory information” available to the White house — “when, and to whom.”
He sent the letter a day after Wray, in congressional testimony, seemed to contradict the White house timeline about Porter’s background-check. In spite of White house officials say the process was underway, Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the cheque was completed in July, and the file is closed in January.
Gowdy indicated that discrepancy in his letter to Wray on Wednesday.
The investigation highlights how the handling of the porter and cook of the allegations, the West Wing, when officials claim that they were not aware of the extent of the allegations until recently.
Porter resigned last week as allegations by two ex-wives, and, in particular, a photo emerged of an ex-wife with a battered face. Porter has denied the allegations.
“We put questions to the people who we think have access to information, we don’t have. You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. These words mean nothing to me. What for me means, I will direct questions to the FBI, that I expect you to answer them,” Gowdy said on CNN.
FBI tarnishes the White house timeline on Rob Porter allegations
Gowdy added that he was “troubled” by Porter ‘ s employment.
“How did you job if you are credible allegations of domestic violence? Again, I’m biased in the direction of the victim,” he said.
The control has, in particular, the pressure on the White house chief of staff John Kelly, defended Porter, when the first allegations surfaced. Fox News is said, however, that Kelly will not be forced out.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, pressed by the reporters at the Tuesday briefing in Wray is the last statement of the timeline is explained that the White house personnel security office were informed last year, for what they view as the final background investigation report. But she said she had not made a final recommendation, because “the process was not yet complete.”
“The FBI report July required significant additional investigation field work before [the] personnel security office was able to with the assessment of the information for the assessment. Director Wray said that the information still come to the White house personnel security office in February,” she said. “The FBI has closed part. The White house personnel security office, who is the one that makes the recommendation for the decision not to had finished, your process, and therefore, do not had made a recommendation to the White house.”
But Gowdy was unimpressed, namely, the chronology was “not favorable to the White house.”
Speaker Of The House Of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on Wednesday that the revelations were a sign of a “collapse of the system”.
The Associated Press reported that the staff always staff without a minimum of: senior consultant Jared Kushner. According to Kushner’s lawyer, “there are a dozen or more people on Mr. Kushner – level” work without full clearance.
A senior administration official told the AP that this number could be as high as two dozen.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.