Trey Gowdy (SC), the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into how exactly Rob Porter was able to handle the most sensitive and classified documents to reach the president’s desk for more than a year without security clearance.
Gowdy also wants to know exactly who in the White House knew about the allegations of domestic violence raised by Porter’s two ex-wives during the routine FBI background check last year. Trey Gowdy sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an exhaustive timeline of the process.
Per NPR’s Tamara Keith:
The letter was addressed to White House chief of staff John Kelly, and it says that the committee is looking into inconsistencies between the White House timeline of events and what FBI Director Christopher Wray testified yesterday about this employee, Rob Porter’s, background check. In particular, the committee is asking the White House to clarify its policies on security clearances, whether Rob Porter’s clearance was handled in a way that’s consistent with those policies and, significantly, who in the White House knew about derogatory or disqualifying information and when they were notified. In other words, the committee’s trying to figure out who knew what and when.
It is very unlikely that the House Intelligence Committee is going to be satisfied by what they hear from John Kelly on this matter.
FBI chief Christopher Wray, under oath, contradicts the White House’s story on Porter. Wray says White House knew of findings for months, as we and others have reported.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 13, 2018
Christopher Wray has already testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that in addition to immediately disclosing the findings of the original background check, there were at least three other follow-up occasions in which the FBI brought Porter’s background to the attention of the Trump administration. The FBI finally closed its case in January with no action requested by the Trump administration.