White House Watch: The Dream Will Never Die

White House Watch: The Dream Will Never Die

White House Watch: The Dream Will Never Die

Sanders distanced herself from White House upper muckety-mucks, like Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn, telling reporters repeatedly she had to rely on information she had been given, and that it was the best she could do under the circumstances, until getting more clarity when those other senior staffers deign to brief her department properly.

"It's pretty clear to me that if the White House press secretary doesn't have this information", he continued, "it's because her boss doesn't want her to have this information".

Day after day, President Donald Trump's White House has refused to give a full, credible accounting of who knew what and when about the wife-beating allegations that led to the ouster of staff secretary Rob Porter last week after a news report revealed them.

In a tense exchange on Monday's show, Kilmeade pressed Hogan Gidley, another White House deputy press secretary, on Trump's response to the allegations against Porter.

Granting new employees an interim clearance is not unusual.

In 2010, Porter's second wife obtained a protective order - something Kelly was aware of, a senior member of the administration told Politico.

By the end of the day, the White House had still not answered the key questions about the saga.

"That's what we're hearing privately from West Wing officials", Green said.

At the White House briefing Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood by the White House's previous explanation of the matter, saying that the presidential personnel office was still reviewing Porter's case when the aide resigned last week. Wray's comments - and the allegations that have come to light about Porter - suggest that the White House, again, disregarded intelligence community guidance. "Soon thereafter we received request for follow-up inquiry, and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November", Wray said.

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"I am very close to Hope Hicks and I don't worry about her in that respect", Conway said in a CNN interview over the weekend. "We administratively closed the file in January and then earlier this month we received some additional information and passed that on as well".

The FBI says, however, that when an interim clearance is granted, "the background investigation must be expedited, and, if unfavorable information is developed at any time, the interim security clearance may be withdrawn".

Sanders maintained Tuesday that her statement about an ongoing investigation was accurate because Porter's clearance hadn't received a final sign-off from the White House Office of Personnel Security. She said his departure was "a personal decision that Rob made, and one that he was not pressured to do, but one that he made on his own". The official wasn't authorised to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"We we have moved this to a very top priority because it is really undermining our ability to get the right people into the right place at the right time", the director of national intelligence added. He called for limits on the information made accessible to those with temporary clearances - a practice that is now not followed in the West Wing, an official said.

Porter, 40, resigned the day after the Daily Mail first reported the allegations of domestic abuse on February 6.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Porter's ex-wife Colbie Holderness said Conway's comment "implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong". One source said the chief of staff had been damaged by calls from Trump allies outside the White House for him to go.

Conway went on to say that "there's no question" that domestic violence "knows no demographic or geographic bounds", and she understands there is a stigma that surrounds these issues. "I beg to differ".

Porter, who worked closely with Kelly, was forced to resign last Wednesday after a picture surfaced of one of his ex-wives with a black eye. The problem, however, is that Trump already has made the drama worse, by publicly defending Porter and complaining that those deposed by the #MeToo movement have been denied "due process".

To be sure, the political storm at the White House, in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation account, will rage on. "I think you can't justify it", Iowa Sen. Remember in Mike Flynn's case, it was the acting attorney general and head of the national security division at the justice department physically personally came to the white house to warn that Mike Flynn was a serious security risk.

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