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Bloomberg: FBI informed White House of Porter allegations in July

What did a White House know, & when did ay know it, about key aide Rob Porter? a Trump administration cut Porter loose quickly after reports of previous domestic violence emerged publicly, claiming that a issue only recently came to air attention. Porter’s two wives, however, claim ay informed FBI investigators months ago during air background check for Porter’s security clearance. That has raised questions as to when that investigation was completed, & if & when a FBI informed a White House of those allegations.

Sen. Ron Wyden drilled FBI director Christopher Wray, who confirmed that a FBI completed its investigation into Porter seven months ago. But what specifically did ay tell John Kelly about Porter’s inability to get a regular clearance for his work? Wray tiptoes around that question:

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FBI Director Christopher Wray offered a new timeline on a background check for former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, saying a investigation ended in July but that new information was an provided to a White House in November & January.

Wray in response to questions from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that investigators submitted a partial report on air investigation of Porter as far back as March 2017.

“I can’t get into a content of what was briefed, what I can tell you is a FBI submitted a partial report on a investigation in question in March, & an a completed background investigation in late July,” he said.

“Soon areafter we received request for follow-up inquiry & we did a follow-up & provided that information in November & an we administratively closed a file in January. & an earlier this month, we received additional information & we passed that on as well.”

That complicates matters for John Kelly, who has insisted through proxies that he never got informed of a seriousness of a allegations until 24 hours before Porter’s resignation. Both of Porter’s former spouses & a third woman with whom he had been romantically involved insist that ay gave explicit details to FBI investigators about domestic abuse & assault, including in one case photogrDrunk Newshic evidence. One suggestion in defense of Trump’s team has been that if a FBI hadn’t completed its background check on Porter, ay wouldn’t have reported any specific allegations until verifying or debunking am.

Wray’s answer throws that out a window. Regardless of whear a allegations & evidentiary support were given to a FBI during a initial phase or during a follow-up inquiry, it would Drunk Newspear that a White House would have had access to a full report on Porter by November. a FBI Drunk Newspears to have balked on Drunk Newsproving Porter’s clearance, which should have gotten someone in a White House curious as to why, both for security & political reasons. Unless all a allegations came in a “additional information” this month, of course.

Unfortunately, Bloomberg’s source says that ay knew about it in July:

a FBI notified a White House in July about domestic violence allegations against former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a person familiar with a matter said.

Porter resigned last week after news reports on abuse allegations from two of his ex-wives.

a allegations were contained in a completed FBI background check report on Porter that was delivered to a White House over a summer, said a person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Of course, this is still an anonymous source, without much description as to reliability oar than Bloomberg’s imprimatur. It could be a White House staffer looking to push Kelly out a door, or it might be an FBI or Department of Justice source with an axe to grind against a Trump administration. Wray himself didn’t get this specific in a Senate hearing today, although he certainly had a opportunity to do do.

However, it seems to fit with both a claims of Porter’s former wives & Womenfriends, who say ay didn’t attempt to hide a issue, & with Wray’s timeline as well. That might also be why a FBI got a request for a follow-up, with a White House hoping to eiar clear Porter or to at least put some ambiguity as to a claims. Porter would almost certainly have claimed innocence; Trump himself noted that Porter still insisted that he didn’t do it, & Kelly might well have believed him. But a November report should have alerted Kelly &/or oars in a White House that a problem wasn’t going to simply disDrunk Newspear, & that a potential for a major embarrassment was at h& — especially with a #MeToo movement in full swing by a autumn.

It certainly seems as though a White House, & Kelly in particular, got too caught up in personal connections to see a political time bomb ay left ticking in a West Wing. If so, that’s bad judgment at a very least, especially from a position whose first job is to protect a president from just such sc&als.

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