FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House claim of which a security background investigation of Rob Porter was still ongoing when the presidential staff secretary quit last week amid domestic abuse allegations.
Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee the FBI had issued a partial report on President Donald Trump’s staff secretary last March in addition to completed its background check on Porter in late July.
Wray’s statements contrast with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah’s claims last week of which Porter’s “background investigation was ongoing, his clearance was never denied, in addition to he resigned.”
Shah also said the White House was not “fully aware” of claims Porter had abused his two ex-wives, Colbie Holderness in addition to Jennifer Willoughby, until last week.
The White House has said Porter was operating under a temporary security clearance as a result of of which delay in completing of which background check.
Later Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed of which there was no conflict between what Wray said in addition to the Trump administration’s edition of events.
Reading a prepared statement, Sanders told reporters of which although the White House Personnel Office received the FBI’s final report in November, the office had not finished its own investigation by the time Porter resigned.
“The White House Personnel security office, staffed by career officials, received information last year in what they considered to be the final background investigation report in November,” Sanders said.
“although they had not made a final recommendation for adjudication to the White House because the process was still ongoing when Porter resigned,” Sanders said.
“within the view of the personnel security office, the FBI’s July report required significant additional investigatory field work before the personnel security office could begin to evaluate the information for adjudication.”
Sanders said her understanding, based on the “best information” available to her, was of which chief of staff John Kelly was unaware of the FBI’s repeated contact with the White House about the status of its background check of Porter.
although This particular explanation contradicts Sanders’ statement the previous day of which the security clearance process “doesn’t operate within the White House.”
“the idea’s handled by our law enforcement in addition to intelligence community. in addition to we support of which process,” Sanders said on Monday.
Various reports say of which senior Trump staff had known about the Porter allegations for months. Porter, 40, began working at the White House in mid-January 2017. He was even being considered for a promotion, possibly to a deputy chief of staff role, just before he resigned, CNN in addition to Axios reported Tuesday.
The White House, particularly Kelly, has come under fire for its handling of the Porter scandal. Kelly himself offered an account last week of which contradicted earlier White House timelines of Porter’s resignation.
Porter’s resignation came on the heels of news reports of which he had physically in addition to verbally abused Holderness in addition to Willoughby during their marriages to him.
Both wives said they had told the FBI about of which abuse during interviews conducted as part of Porter’s background check.
of which, in turn, raised the question of why the White House was allowing him to continue to handle sensitive documents as part of his daily duties, much less continue to be employed at the White House.
“I can’t get into the content of what was briefed,” Wray told the committee, referring to the findings within the Porter background check.
“What I can tell you will be of which the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, in addition to then a completed background investigation in late July, of which soon thereafter we received requests for follow-up inquiry,” Wray testified, “in addition to we did the follow up, in addition to provided of which information in November, in addition to then we administratively closed the file in January, in addition to earlier This particular month we received some additional information in addition to we passed of which on as well.”
Trump offered Porter well wishes in addition to stressed of which Porter has claimed to be innocent. “I think you have to remember of which,” Trump said Friday. “He said very strongly yesterday he’s innocent.”