Politics House oversight investigating WH handling of Rob Porter

17:47  14 february  2018
17:47  14 february  2018 Source:   CNN

Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation

  Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the White House could have done a better job handling the Rob Porter domestic-abuse allegations. Pence said that the Trump administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence," but added that "the White House could have handled this better."The vice president's remarks come as the saga surrounding Porter shows no signs of ending, and after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced his panel would begin an investigation.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House 's handling of Rob Porter 's employment, chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN Wednesday.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House 's handling of Rob Porter 's employment, chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN Wednesday.

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The House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House's handling of Rob Porter's employment, chairman Trey Gowdy told CNN Wednesday.

Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report

  Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter reportedly blamed his ex-wife's black eye on a fall while defending himself against abuse allegations in an off-the-record meeting with four journalists last week.According to a Politico report on Tuesday, Porter told The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, The Washington P ost's Josh Dawsey, Axios's Jonathan Swan and The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender that his ex-wife Colbie Holderness had fallen during a vacation in Florence and bruised her eye.

House Oversight is investigating the White House ’s handling of Rob Porter , Gowdy says. White House staff secretary Rob Porter hands President Trump a confirmation order in the Oval Office as Reince Priebus watches, in January 2017.

The Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee revealed on CNN on Wednesday morning that he’s launched an investigation of White House ’s handling of the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal.

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"We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don't have. You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. Those words don't mean anything to me. What means something to me is I'm going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer," Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

He added that he was "troubled by almost every aspect" of Porter's employment at the White House.

"How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? Again, I am biased toward the victim," Gowdy said.

Trey Gowdy wearing a suit and tie© Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Porter resigned last week from his role as staff secretary amid domestic abuse allegations, which he denies.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill that the FBI briefed the White House multiple times on its investigation into Porter last 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.

CNN reported that some senior aides -- including chief of staff John Kellyand White House counsel Don McGahn -- were aware of both the allegations against Porter before they became public and of his troubles obtaining a security clearance. Two of Porter's ex-wives had detailed the allegations to the FBI during a routine background check into Porter.

"I would want to know from Don McGahn and General Kelly and anyone else: What did you know, from whom did you hear it, to what extent did you hear it and then what actions, if any, did you take? The chronology is not favorable from the White House," Gowdy said.

FBI had photos showing Porter’s alleged abuse in early 2017: report .
<p>The FBI had photos showing former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's alleged domestic abuse toward his ex-wife in early 2017, CNN reports, raising questions about what information senior aides such as counsel Don McGahn had access to regarding Porter.</p>The bureau obtained the photos of Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness with a black eye just seven days after President Trump's inauguration, according to CNN. Holderness provided the photos as part of Porter's background check to obtain a security clearance.

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