Questions and answers about security clearances

Questions and answers about security clearances

The FBI says it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions a year ago about a top aide accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, and the investigation wrapped up in January.

On Tuesday, Wray outlined how he had voiced concerns over ousted White House staffer Rob Porter's clearance because of documented accusations of domestic abuse, completed an investigation as a result and briefed the White House. Wray's testimony on Tuesday marked the latest development in a scandal that has called into question the judgment of senior members of the White House staff, put new stress on the administration's already strained credibility with the public, and drawn accusations of tone-deaf handling of abuse allegations.

On Monday, O'Donnell slammed counselor Kellyanne Conway for her assertion that the White House Communications Director Hicks is a "strong woman".

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI had followed protocol in performing background checks for a security clearance in the case of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last week amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former wives.

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. Trump had praised Porter, his former staff secretary, on Friday in his first comments about the allegations.

Since then, multiple people familiar with the situation have said that top officials - including John Kelly, the chief of staff; Joe Hagin, the deputy chief of staff for operations; and Don McGahn, the White House counsel - learned in November that there were problems with Porter's background investigation. Wray said he was "confident" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed proper protocol in investigating Porter.

At Tuesday's White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood by the White House's previous explanation of the matter, saying the presidential personnel office was still reviewing Porter's case when the aide resigned.

"I can only give you the best information that I have", Sanders said at one point.

When White House staffers need to deliver bad news to Donald Trump, they turn to a 29-year-old teenage model-turned-PR staffer. Among registered voters, more than half of women - 54 per cent - identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 38 per cent who say they align with Republicans, according to 2016 Pew Research Center statistics.

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A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Q: Who decides who gets a security clearance?

Director of National intelligence Dan Coats indicated that no single agency is now in charge of coordinating a response to Russian election meddling.

Calling for a "revolutionary change" in how the USA government vets its own people, Coats said what's needed is a process that takes advantage of new technologies and information on social media to provide "early awareness of individuals".

But when the story exploded last week and Porter vehemently denied engaging in any domestic abuse, they wanted to tell their side.

Porter also conceded in the meeting that he had called his second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, "a f***ing bitch" while on their honeymoon in 2009, as the Daily Mail had reported. "But I can say we lean on a process here at the White House, and quite frankly, as soon as we found out about this on Tuesday, by Wednesday Rob Porter was gone".

But she insisted that "we relay the best and most accurate information we have" and that "I've done the best I can".

"Her statement implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong", Holderness wrote in the Washington Post. "He made me drive around for hours, wondering where I would go, with no money, to beg people for cash so I could go home". Would he still be on the payroll now if not for the allegations - and the images of ex-wife Colbie Holderness' black eye - going public? Now, the revelations about Flynn's behavior and his lies about his behavior, they did ultimately lead to Flynn's resignation, but the delay between the warning and him leaving the white house is still now the bigger scandal for the white house.

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