House Oversight Committee probing Trump administration's handling of Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee probing Trump administration's handling of Rob Porter's employment

"What means something to me is I'm going to direct questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that I expect them to answer", Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. "And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason, and you'll learn that reason and you can judge whether or not it's a sufficient reason or not".

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance - despite allegations of spousal abuse. Yet Wray testified that the FBI sent the White House its preliminary report in March 2017 and its completed investigation in late July. Porter was denied a permanent security clearance after two former spouses said he was verbally and physically abusive.

Dan Coats' assessment came in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as questions swirl about a top White House aide who maintained access to highly sensitive information and the president himself despite accusations of domestic violence.

Kelly is "a big fat liar", said one White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share a candid opinion.

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. "But they had not made a final recommendation for adjudication to the White House because the process was still ongoing when Rob Porter resigned".

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"And then we administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well", Wray added in his congressional testimony Tuesday, without elaboration.

Trump's updated disclosure form shows that Kushner appears to have tapped three different lines of credit since he began working at the White House.

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

More than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over the past two decades, including gold medalist Aly Raisman. The security clearance is a separate issue - it's an important issue, but separate.

'What did you know, from whom did you hear it?' Gowdy said.

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