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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.
President Trump said Wednesday that he was “totally against domestic violence” amid questions about his management of the handling of abuse allegations levied against former White House aide Rob Porter.
“I’m totally against domestic violence,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “And everybody here knows it.”
He added: “I’m totally white against domestic violence of any kind. Any that. And it’s not nearly said. So, now you can hear it, but you all know it.”
Porter served as White house staff Secretary until last week, when news stories appeared detailing past domestic violence accusations leveled by the two ex-spouses. Porter has denied the allegations.
Since Porter’s departure, the White house, an avalanche of questions about, if it is the first time taken about the allegations against Porter and why action immediately against him.
GOWDY SAYS THE HOUSE PANEL PROBING ROB PORTER ‘ S SECURITY CLEARANCE
Trump Porter, his former employee, the Secretary praised had, on Friday in his first comments on the allegations. And on Saturday, he appeared to doubt the women’s allegations when he tweeted: “peoples lives broken and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
Peoples life is shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no cure for someone falsely accused – went life and career. There is no such thing any more as a result of process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
The White house’s handling of the porter, the situation is entangled by senior West wing officials, the questioning of the decision-making and the honesty of the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and White House Counsel Don McGahn.
In the meantime, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that his panel has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding 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.”
Porter, the are gone from the White house last week after the accusations of two ex-wives to the public, was under consideration of the fills the role of the deputy chief of staff, the administration, several sources said.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Serafin Gomez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.