Trey Gowdy Announces House Oversight Committee Will Investigate Rob Porter Scandal


Specifically, Gowdy told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that the committee is investigating the Rob Porter scandal, which the White House still can not seem to explain after a full week of changing stories. "And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason".

The White House's story about who knew what when about accusations of domestic violence against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter has been anything but clear. Picture taken August 12, 2017.

He is also wondering how Porter managed to work in the White House for a year, handling the most sensitive documents for the president while only holding an interim security clearance, and why that clearance was not yanked when the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up the abuse accusations.

The White House has repeatedly said no one in the West Wing was aware of the seriousness of the allegations against Porter until photos of one of his ex-wives sporting a black eye emerged last week.

Dan Coats' assessment came in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as questions swirl about a top White House aide who maintained access to highly sensitive information and the president himself despite accusations of domestic violence.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the committee had requested information about how Porter's employment and clearance were handled.

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Instead of condemning domestic violence, President Trump has twice seemed to defend Porter and another staffer, who resigned amid domestic abuse allegations.

The FBI does not make recommendations about whether to grant or deny a security clearance, officials said, leaving the determination up to the employee's agency, in Porter's case, the White House.

The former White House aide has been accused of spousal abuse by two of his ex-wives.

More than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over the past two decades, including gold medalist Aly Raisman. Again, I am biased towards the victims, ' the former federal prosecutor from SC told CNN's New Day.

Separately, Trump's intelligence chief called for top-to-bottom reform of the security clearance process, which allowed Porter to operate in his job for more than a year with only an interim clearance.

'What did you know, from whom did you hear it?' Gowdy said.