House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

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He said he welcomes chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy's investigation into this situation. The FBI only provides results of its investigations.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that a background check of Porter was completed months before he resigned. "And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason". Picture taken August 12, 2017.

On Tuesday FBI Director Christopher Wray decimated White House talking points that it did not know about the allegations that Porter physically and emotionally abused both his ex-wives.

Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the legislation will create an organization within the US Olympic Committee that would be responsible for receiving and handling inquiries and reports about abuse and making sure that allegations are promptly reported to law enforcement when necessary or resolved internally.

The weeklong fallout from the allegations against Porter, President Donald Trump's staff secretary, has thrown the West Wing into chaos not seen since the earliest months of the administration and has sparked new rounds of recriminations inside the White House. The FBI is not responsible for issuing security clearances - that's done through the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, "The White House had not received any specific papers regarding the completion of that background check". But when asked if she was concerned for top White House aide Hope Hicks, who reportedly was dating Porter, Conway said no because "I've rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts". Kelly does not enjoy the confidence of an increasing number of his subordinates, some of whom said they believe that the retired four-star Marine Corps general has misled them.

In a letter last week to Gowdy, Cummings accused the retiring lawmaker of refusing requests to obtain documents regarding the security clearances of Kushner, disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son.

Instead of condemning domestic violence, President Trump has twice seemed to defend Porter and another staffer, who resigned amid domestic abuse allegations.

The White House continues to stand by Chief of Staff John Kelly despite calls for his resignation.

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