On Tuesday, FBI Director Chris Wray debunked the White House’s timeline about when the Trump administration first learned of domestic abuse allegations leveled against disgraced aide Rob Porter.
According to Wray’s testimony, the FBI repeatedly briefed the White House on its investigation into the aide last year, in stark contrast to the timeline that the White House has put forth.
Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI had submitted information to the White House on its background investigation into the former White House staff secretary which uncovered allegations of domestic abuse four times before those allegations were made public. Chris Wray’s testimony raises new questions about why Porter was allowed to remain in a senior position well after the Trump administration had learned of the allegations of domestic abuse leveled by two of Porter’s ex-wives to the FBI.
In response to a question posed by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Wray said:
“I can’t get into the content of what was briefed to the White House … What I can tell you is that the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March. And then a completed background investigation in late July. That soon thereafter, we received request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November and that we administratively closed the file in January.”
In response to this testimony, Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the podium to say a few words in defense of the White House… because of course she did:
“The White House personnel security office staffed by career officials received information last year and what they considered to be the final investigative background investigation report in November, but they had not made a final recommendation for adjudication to the White House because the process was still ongoing when Rob Porter resigned.”
Right, because that’s how things work. I don’t know about you but I’m aware of zero jobs in which you start first and a company waits in earnest for your background check. And I’m damn sure unaware of a job you would start and keep after the actual FBI intervened 11 months ago, 7 months ago, and 3 months ago to red flag you to your employer.