Pence Expresses 'Great Confidence' in John Kelly Amid Rob Porter Scandal

Pence Expresses 'Great Confidence' in John Kelly Amid Rob Porter Scandal

Pence, however, also acknowledged the Rob Porter allegations could have been handled better by the White House.

"We find those statements to be consistent with one another", she said.

Porter resigned February 2 after his ex-wives went public with allegations of domestic abuse and said they spoke with federal authorities about the claims, prompting critics to question why he had remained employed in the Trump administration.

At issue is what the Trump administration knew about the allegations against Porter, who served his entire tenure in the White House with only an interim security clearance, and when those details were known.

The FBI learned about the allegations from the two women soon after Trump was inaugurated. But what he said is unusual, is for someone with an interim security clearance to be given access to kind of classified information Kushner and Porter have been given access to.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to the FBI and White House on Wednesday as his panel opened an investigation into the matter.

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There has been a lot of back-and-forth concerning who knew what about the allegations and when they knew it, but to me the bigger question is, when was someone going to tell the boss?

The White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation have offered conflicting descriptions about the status of the former staff secretary's security clearance. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent.

Banks, a former State Department official, Central Intelligence Agency analyst and White House adviser under former President George W. Bush, joined the Trump administration after serving as executive vice president of the pro-business American Council for Capital Formation.

"We let the process play out", she said. Porter has denied harming them. Other aides agreed, and argued for waiting for the story to play out. The daily press briefing on Wednesday, where Sanders was sure to face more questions about Porter and the timeline of events, was canceled after being postponed several times. The people briefed on the discussions would not identify that person. It's obviously a very tough time for him. "And his thinking is, if you're Trump's chief of staff, you stain yourself for the future".

Porter's resignation and the White House's handling of the situation shook the administration at the highest level.

On Tuesday, Kelly was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying the response to the allegations against Porter "was all done right". There is a short list now moving towards the top is Gary Cohn, the president's chief economic adviser.

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