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Politics FBI had photos showing Porter’s alleged abuse in early 2017: report

18:11  17 february  2018
18:11  17 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

  White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him. Porter, a top White House staffer, resigned from his position Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse were made public by his two ex-wives. Porter has denied their allegations.A top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Porter was initially defended by glowing White House statements in spite of his resignation.

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 .

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 .

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill 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.

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.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that the bureau provided an initial report on Porter to the White House in March 2017 and a full background check report in July. A law enforcement official told CNN that the White House would have at least been told of the existence of the photos at the time.

Biden on Trump aide Rob Porter: 'It's long past due that he left'

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However the White House had previously claimed that the report sent in early 2017 about Porter detailed simply his employment history and similar basic information, not the abuse allegations . The FBI ' s disclosure

White House officials have claimed that they were unaware of the extent of the abuse allegations until the photos surfaced in media reports earlier this month along with allegations from both of Porter's ex-wives about past physical and emotional abuse.

The FBI then raised questions into when the White House would have known, with a testimony from Wray explaining that the bureau had sent reports to the White House months before the initial report in the Daily Mail.

The Washington Post reported earlier this month that McGahn knew about domestic abuse allegations against Porter at least a year ago. CNN reported that a source said he learned in September that the domestic violence allegations were delaying Porter's security clearance.

Porter resigned from his post shortly after the allegations came to light but has maintained his innocence.

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.

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