Rob Porter close to promotion when he resigned after abuse allegations

White House staff struggle to gain security clearance

Ms. Sanders responded that the White House takes national security issues very seriously and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was responsible for giving permission to Mr.

As the fallout from the Porter scandal has stretched into a new week at the White House, a frustrated President Donald Trump has spent his days phoning allies and associates for advice on how to handle negative coverage, sources familiar with the conversations say.

Soon thereafter, he said, "We received requests for follow-up inquiry, and we did that follow-up and provided the information in November".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later clarified that the FBI investigation is only the first step in the lengthy background check process. The FBI and the White House are giving conflicting accounts of the status of the investigation.

"The president wants the best for all Americans", Sanders said, explaining why Trump said he wanted Porter to have a good career.

Kingston responded by stating that women he's spoken to at the White House all say they feel "extremely comfortable".

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It took strength for Colbie Holderness to leave her two-year marriage to former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, she argued Monday.

Wray's comments stand in stark contrast to how the White House has in recent days portrayed the status of the background check and when senior officials knew about the allegations of abuse against Porter.

Last Wednesday, hours after the second Daily Mail story was published, Sanders arranged an off-the-record meeting with four top White House reporters, during which Porter told his version of events and took questions from the group, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. "It was ongoing. It hadn't been completed", Sanders said.

Porter resigned last week after two ex-wives went public with allegations that he physically abused them. Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that "there are a dozen or more people at Mr. Kushner's level" who are working without full security clearances. The FBI director said Tuesday that every office he has visited has been "very gratifying and reassuring to me", and that he tells his agents to tune out the accusations: "I encourage our folks not to get too hung up on what I consider to be the noise on TV and social media".

"His background investigation was ongoing", Shah said. Then, on Saturday, the president tweeted in general comments that didn't specify if he was referring to Porter or to the issue of domestic violence, lamented that lives are being "destroyed by a mere allegation". Hicks is one of the only original White House Staffers left remaining, so it will be interesting to see how the White House will approach her.

In reality, Vice President Pence said publicly that he was "appalled" when he learned of the domestic abuse allegations.

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