The Rob Porter scandal leads to the House Oversight Committee launching an investigation into the White House’s handling of his employment. Donald Trump’s Valentine’s Day is off to a bad start.
Trey Gowdy (R-SC),House Oversight Committee chairman, told Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday, “We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don’t have. You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. Those words don’t mean anything to me. What means something to me is I’m going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer,” CNN reports.
“How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? Again, I am biased toward the victim,” Gowdy continued.
GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy: “I have real questions about how someone like (Rob Porter) could be considered for employment whether there’s a security clearance or not” https://t.co/SQjA64wUUq
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The investigation comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray blew up the White House’s changing timeline on Porter, saying the background check was completed in July and the file was closed in January. Wray also said a partial report was done in March and an update was given in November.
In other words, Donald Trump, White House counsel Don McGahn and chief of staff John Kelly knew exactly what was going on with Porter’s background check. They knew he was an accused wife beater but wanted to promote him to deputy chief of staff because they don’t care one iota about how to treat women.