White House Official Resigns After Not Getting Security Clearance Over Pot Use

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White House advisers on Sunday tried to quash speculation that President Donald Trump may seek to replace Chief of Staff John Kelly over the handling of domestic abuse accusations against an aide who resigned last week.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray Wednesday morning seeking information about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and his security clearance amid a firestorm surrounding allegations of domestic abuse.

The White House was still working on Porter's security clearance at that point, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. Porter has denied the allegations.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill that the FBI briefed the White House multiple times on its investigation into Porter past year, contradicting the White House's accounting of when it learned of the allegations against the former staff secretary and the status of the FBI's background check investigation to determine whether Porter could be granted a permanent security clearance.

Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" that everyone in the White House, including Trump, was pleased with Kelly's performance.

He was responding to a question on domestic violence in view of the recent resignation of Porter in the aftermath of the allegations against him. Another criticized senior colleagues, saying "they're not telling us the truth" about Porter, adding that it has become evident that multiple White House officials knew for some time about the allegations of abuse.

Vice President Pence, however, disagreed on Wednesday. Soon after that, the agency received a request for a follow-up inquiry, and it provided that information in November.

Wray tells senators that the Federal Bureau of Investigation administratively closed its file on Porter, who was operating under a temporary security clearance, in January, a month before Porter departed amid domestic abuse allegations.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, said the White House should improve its vetting process. The White House has not offered a definitive explanation of when top officials first got word of problems in Porter's background.

Gowdy asked for the information by Wednesday, Feb. 28th.

White House officials tell CBS News that the Rob Porter situation is a "mess" that keeps getting worse.

Trump has repeatedly defended Porter without expressing sympathy toward domestic violence victims.

The scandals follow months of allegations by women about sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of powerful men in entertainment, business and politics. Trump has denied the accusations.

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