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14 February, 2018
House Oversight Committee Launches Probe Into Porter
It seems the days are numbered for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as The Hill reports, The House Oversight Committee is now investigating how former White House staff secretary Rob Porter kept his role in the administration even as accusations of domestic abuse were made against him, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's chairman.
Amid misremembering, leaks, and accusations, Gowdy sent a letter (below) to The White House demanding to know how Porter was allowed to work without an interim security clearance, despite being accused of domestic violence.
Additionally, The Hill reports that Gowdy separately sent a letter on Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking clarity on how the bureau investigates and issues interim security clearances. Gowdy also asked when the FBI notified the White House of any underlying issues with Porter's background check, which has become a source of controversy.
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Full letter from Gowdy to Kelly below...
White House chief of staff John Kelly has been at the center of the storm. He initially defended Porter, and the White House reportedly worked with some reporters to have Porter get his side of the story out publicly before deciding he should exit the administration.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a daily briefing on Tuesday suggested a White House office manned with career staff had yet to sign off on the FBI's background check, and that this was how Porter was allowed to work in the building.