Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) says the FBI repeatedly warned White House about Rob Porter’s spousal abuse allegations from as far back as March 2017 and they did nothing.
Cummings released the FBI letter sent to the House Government Oversight Committee on Thursday. It detailed five different updates by the FBI to the White House regarding Porter:
“Regarding your request for dates pertaining to Mr. Porter’s background investigation, the following information is provided. On March 3, 2017, the FBI provided a partial report of investigation addressed to the Counsel to the President, Donald F. McGahn, which contained derogatory information.
On July 21, 2017, the FBI submitted a completed background investigation addressed to the EOP Personnel Security Division. On August 17, 2017, the FBI received a request from the EOP Personnel Security Operations, requesting additional information, to include but not limited to, re-interviews of Mr. Porter, his ex-wives, and his girlfriend at the time.
On November 1, 2017, the FBI submitted a completed investigative report addressed to the EOP Personnel Security Division, which contained additional derogatory information. On January 3, 2017, the FBI’s investigative file was administratively closed. Following its closing of the background investigation, the FBI received additional information, which was provided in a memorandum addressed to the EOP Personnel Security Operations on February 7, 2018.”
Porter was accused of beating his two ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, during the course of their respective marriages. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended Porter as a man of “true integrity” before he came under blistering criticism for his hypocrisy.
New FBI letter released today by @RepCummings reveals that the FBI sent its first derogatory report about Porter in March 2017 directly to WH Counsel McGahn. Why did WH continue to give Porter access to highest classified info for 11 months? https://t.co/NPuqkYLAPh pic.twitter.com/Wnwzr0jf7h
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) April 26, 2018