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Washington - FBI's Wray Contradicts White House On Trump Aide Background Check

Published on: February 13, 2018 01:56 PM
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FILE - White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (R) and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L) walk to board Air Force One with U.S. President Donald Trump en route to New Jersey from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. August 4, 2017. Picture taken August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst FILE - White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (R) and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L) walk to board Air Force One with U.S. President Donald Trump en route to New Jersey from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. August 4, 2017. Picture taken August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Washington - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House version of events surrounding the background check for a former top aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, triggering more disarray around the controversy.

Wray, in testimony on Capitol Hill, said the agency in late July completed a background check for security clearance for former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned a week ago amid allegations of abuse from two former wives.

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Wray’s comments conflict with the White House assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies had not completed investigations into Porter. White House officials had no immediate explanation.

“I’m quite confident that in this particular instance, the FBI followed established protocols,” Wray told Senate Intelligence Committee as the White House faces questions over when it learned about the allegations against Porter.

Questions have arisen about how security clearance investigations are handled as the White House grapples with the fallout over the accusations against Porter, who resigned under pressure last week.

Porter had been operating under a temporary clearance that gave him access to some sensitive information without a final security clearance.

Wray said a partial report on Porter was issued in March and a completed report was submitted in late July. The FBI received a request for a follow-up inquiry, provided it in November and passed along additional information earlier this month.

“Soon thereafter we received a request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November and administratively closed the file in January,” he said. “Earlier this month, we received some additional information and we passed that on as well.”

Asked if the White House had been informed of the allegations against Porter, Wray said, “I can’t get into the content.”

The White House has yet to outline a specific timeline on who knew what when in the Porter case.

One official said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had wondered last autumn why Porter’s clearance was taking so long - along with those of other top officials, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

The extent of what he was told about Porter at the time is unclear. The White House has said Kelly became “fully aware” of the accusations last Wednesday and promptly obtained Porter’s resignation.

On that day, photos were published in a Daily Mail article, showing one ex-wife with a black eye that she said was a result of an altercation with Porter, 40.



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 Feb 13, 2018 at 03:45 PM yonasonw Says:

Ahh...fake news...something or other snowflakes...umm...self hating Liberal Jew Fuhrer...I mean, Great Leader lie haters, or some such thingamahoo...ain't dat right Archy?

Mueller Ain't Going Away (MAGA)

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 04:44 PM Educated Archy Says:

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yonasonw Says:

Ahh...fake news...something or other snowflakes...umm...self hating Liberal Jew Fuhrer...I mean, Great Leader lie haters, or some such thingamahoo...ain't dat right Archy?

Mueller Ain't Going Away (MAGA)

And neither is Trump buddy.

And the whole porter fiasco to begin with is fake news. You see, you liberals couldn't stand that the WH was running very efficiently so you look for excuses to wreck havoc and then exclaim the Trump WH is chaotic.

Porter's personal life had no effect on how he did his job. Yes we don't like that he beat his wive's when he fought with them. But what does that have to do with his job? Nothing (Oh NPR came up with some silly explanation, that it can be used to blackmail him and effect his job. Gimme a break . That's rubbish garbage.)

As with the russian investigation, much ado over something that was not a crime or worngful to begin with. Yes that's fake news

TrumpISprez4-8

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 09:39 PM yaakov doe Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

And neither is Trump buddy.

And the whole porter fiasco to begin with is fake news. You see, you liberals couldn't stand that the WH was running very efficiently so you look for excuses to wreck havoc and then exclaim the Trump WH is chaotic.

Porter's personal life had no effect on how he did his job. Yes we don't like that he beat his wive's when he fought with them. But what does that have to do with his job? Nothing (Oh NPR came up with some silly explanation, that it can be used to blackmail him and effect his job. Gimme a break . That's rubbish garbage.)

As with the russian investigation, much ado over something that was not a crime or worngful to begin with. Yes that's fake news

TrumpISprez4-8

Archy, it seems that at Trump University you were never educated in spelling.
You may be the only one who thinks the White House is being run efficiently. Many White House staff don't yet have security clearance, there is a high turnover rate of Trump hires and numerous important positions remain unfilled after a year.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 12:17 AM Straitalk Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Archy, it seems that at Trump University you were never educated in spelling.
You may be the only one who thinks the White House is being run efficiently. Many White House staff don't yet have security clearance, there is a high turnover rate of Trump hires and numerous important positions remain unfilled after a year.

Is only spelling important? How about grammar? Consider your words “Many White House staff.”

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 10:56 AM Educated Archy Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Archy, it seems that at Trump University you were never educated in spelling.
You may be the only one who thinks the White House is being run efficiently. Many White House staff don't yet have security clearance, there is a high turnover rate of Trump hires and numerous important positions remain unfilled after a year.

Spelling is unimportant. Its a classic liberal arguemnt to discredit others by cathcing them on spelling and degrading anyone not like you. Ot has nothing to do with the point on hand.

Many don't have security clearance? You mean like Jared? Jared doesn't need security clearance. he is fine just the way he is. And I don't think Jared wants clearance. He doesn't want the FBI all over him. I wouldn't want it either.

The WH is running just fine. In fact that's what makes you guys mad about Kelly because he is doing such a great job. So why not discredit him.

A high turnover rate? Nonsense. and silly argument. Firstly its not high. Second You fake newsters did accomplish to foster an environment where its toxic to work for the man and one's career can be doomed. If you lie enough times people believe it.

Numerous important positions unfilled? Most are wasteful jobs and not needed. Good riddance of all those "important positions.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 11:58 AM yonasonw Says:

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Straitalk Says:

Is only spelling important? How about grammar? Consider your words “Many White House staff.”

His use of "staff" is a correct option in the "blue book" and other style manuals...it can be both singular and plural.

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