House Oversight Investigating White House Handling Of Rob Porter

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter board the Marine One helicopter from the White House

House Oversight Investigating White House Handling Of Rob Porter

Conway, in a weekend interview on CNN, said she had no reason to disbelieve accounts by Holderness and another ex-wife that Porter had abused them.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that his panel launched an investigation the day before into the circumstances surrounding the former staff secretary's post.

Gowdy indicated he's specifically interested in learning more about what information the Federal Bureau of Investigation shared with the White House and when top administration officials were looped in.

Ryan said that with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program tied up in courts, the March 5 deadline set by the Trump administration is "not as important", though he added that Congress operates better with a timeline.

Porter resigned after reported their allegations against him.

Porter has resigned from the White House.

The House Speaker did seem tongue-tied at one point, nearly suggesting that he didn't know what Trump had said about Porter, though that is common knowledge, and then switching tacts mid-sentence to refer, instead, to Porter's alleged actions. McGahn told Kelly last fall there was concern about information in the background investigation involving Porter's ex-wives, the official said, and Kelly expressed surprise that Porter had previously been married. Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that "there are a dozen or more people at Mr. Kushner's level" who are working without full security clearances.

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"We do have jurisdiction over the security clearance process - I do not have jurisdiction over the president hires", Gowdy said.

"We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don't have", the South Carolina Republican told CNN.

A senior administration official told the AP that that number could be as high as two dozen. He called for limits on the information made accessible to those with temporary clearances - a practice that is now not followed in the West Wing, an official said.

Unlike most scandals over the first year of the Trump presidency, the Porter one has been in focus for a week now.

Coast said the government needs to "basically start with a clean sheet", using new technologies to weed out those who shouldn't be in government, but in a way that "doesn't leave us with hundreds of thousands waiting to be looked at and certified".

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