February 21, 2018

Who makes final call on WH staff background checks? Not the Federal Bureau of Investigation

09 February 2018, 05:16 | Kara Nash

Who makes final call on WH staff background checks? Not the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Who makes final call on WH staff background checks? Not the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Those allegations may have affected Porter's chances for a permanent security clearance at the White House, where he worked as staff secretary until his resignation on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump was not aware of the allegations until this week, according to Shah.

Mr Kelly is now facing questions about when he knew about the allegations against Mr Porter, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned during interviews with Mr Porter's ex-wives for a background check.

President Donald Trump stood by Porter, even though he accepted the 40-year-old Rhodes Scholar's resignation. "I just think that we do take allegations of misconduct, of domestic violence, other issues like that, very seriously". "I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House". Porter's decision to resign became final after pictures of a badly bruised accuser, Colbie Holderness, began circulating.

A reporter followed up by asking the vice president if he could explain why he "often seem [ed] a little bit out of the loop on some of this major news", indirectly referencing several instances, including Pence's claim previous year that he had made false statements to the press about former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation because other officials had misinformed him.

Porter's title of staff secretary belies the role's importance in any White House - but especially in Trump's.

A White House spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment about senior White House staffers' knowledge of the allegations.

Porter, who as White House Staff Secretary controlled access to the president and the flow of information into the Oval Office, resigned Wednesday after his two ex-wives went public with multiple allegations of domestic violence.

Attorneys who specialize in security clearance said Porter should have disclosed the allegations, including the protective order granted to one woman, when he filed his lengthy national security application.

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Meanwhile, Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former aide to President Barack Obama, ratcheted up her criticism of Hicks, going as far to suggest that her reported involvement in the statement made her a "complicit abuse denier".

Noting that many violent incidents do happen behind closed doors, with no visual evidence, Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times asked Shah, "What about women who don't have photographs?"

"It takes time because we want to get it right".

The White House would not comment on a report that he failed to receive a security clearance due to the claims.

Porter's second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also described for the how Porter once dragged her naked and wet from the shower to yell at her.

Shah called the images "shocking".

"President Trump's framework would end the visa lottery program and reallocate some of the visas to help reduce backlog of high-skilled, employment-based immigrant cases", the White House said. She alleged he punched her in the face during a trip to Florence in 2005 and provided photos showing her with a black eye.

Rob Porter announced his exit on Wednesday (7 February) after he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by two of his ex-wives.

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