House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

Now, House Republicans have chose to open an investigation to get some clarity. "How in the hell was he still employed?"

President Donald Trump will sign a measure on Wednesday aimed at preventing the kind of systemic sexual abuse perpetrated by Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. He tweeted on Saturday, for example, that "lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

Gowdy notes in the letter that he wants answers to those and several other questions in two weeks, by February 28. "When you have the head of the FBI saying we told you three times in 2017 and once more in 2018 for good measure, then I think the really fair questions are what were you told, by whom were you told it, did you have some reason to question what the bureau told you, and if none of that is true, why did you keep him on?"

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

Wray is declining to elaborate on what information was passed on to the White House.

Porter has resigned from the White House. "You can call it unofficial", Gowdy said.

A senior administration official told the AP that that number could be as high as two dozen.

Separately, Trump's intelligence chief called for top-to-bottom reform of the security clearance process, which allowed Porter to operate in his job for more than a year with only an interim clearance.

"I mean come on, clearly we should all be condemning domestic violence", he said.

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.

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".

Porter resigned after Holderness and his second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, came forward with allegations of emotional and physical abuse. "I beg to differ". Porter has denied harming them.

"I think you can't justify it", Iowa Sen.

The scrutiny has put particular pressure on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who defended Porter when the allegations first emerged. "You can't justify that".

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