A congressional committee has opened an investigation into the security vetting of a top White House aide who resigned in disgrace last week over domestic abuse allegations, the panel's Republican chairman said Wednesday.
Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington said the mainstream media has a "one-track mind" when it comes to covering the Trump administration, saying the press will focus exclusively on negative stories about the White House at the expense of all else.
President Donald Trump and other top officials have said they did not know about the accusations until they became headlines in the news. "Now you all hear it". He declined to answer follow-up questions.
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week amid claims of abuse by two former wives and an ex-girlfriend, followed by White House speechwriter David Sorensen. Director Christopher WRAY told the senate intelligence committee his agents actually gave the white house four reports on porter as far back as last spring and that's not all.
Chairman Trey Gowdy of SC sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers about who in the White House knew of the accusations by the two ex-wives.
A top official on the National Economic Council quit Tuesday after he was told that he wouldn't get a permanent security clearance - because he admitted that he had smoked pot, a new report said Wednesday. Mike Lee (R-UT) (R) as they return to the White House December 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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The vice president was asked whether he was confident that Kelly has been fully honest and transparent about Porter's departure with the White House brass.
"I'm troubled by nearly every aspect of this", Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the committee, told CNN on Wednesday. "And his thinking is, if you're Trump's chief of staff, you stain yourself for the future".
The White House claims that the backlog of interim security clearances is a procedural effect of the review process carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House Office of Security, which can take time to complete.
This week the White House press secretary dodged questions as to why the president would not publicly condemn domestic violence himself. "Inexcusable. Kelly must resign", Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director, whom Kelly fired during his first week on the job, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
In a recent editorial, the New York Times reminded us that Trump has yet to name a White House adviser on violence against women.