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Sources have aired contradictory accounts in the press of how the allegations against former aide Rob Porter, accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, were handled by the White House.
Nailing down who knew what and when is the key to understanding whether Porter was purposefully protected despite credible evidence of wrongdoing, which is really the question at the heart of the matter. In Senate testimony on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray, whose department had been conducting Porter's background check, added some clarity to the timeline. Unable to obtain a security clearance, the resigned staff secretary had been operating with a temporary one.
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"I can’t get into the content of what was briefed, what I can tell you is the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, and then a completed background investigation in late July," explained Wray. "Soon thereafter, we received requests for follow-up inquiry, and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November, and then we administratively closed the file in January. And then, earlier this month, we received additional information, and we passed that on as well."
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Both of Porter's ex-wives have said they detailed his alleged abuse in investigations with the FBI, even supplying investigators with photographic evidence of a black eye.
Unless Wray is lying — or the reports given to the White House did not include that information — someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was aware of the allegations and either decided not to prioritize taking action or sided with Porter.
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