Donald Trump defends aide accused of beating ex-wives

Former Trump Aide Had Interim Security Clearance

He cited the 690,000 official DACA registrants and said that President Donald Trump effectively raised that number to include 1.8 million people. Either Kelly and Sanders were handed written statements that they blindly read or that is actually how they feel.

The White House has ignored those calls just as they apparently ignored concerns about Porter. "The truth must be determined, and that was what was going on with Rob Porter".

"I have never seen that level of mistakes", the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau told Congress during a hearing this fall.

The position put him in close contact with the president and required a security clearance but Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, had not yet been approved for security clearance because the required background check was still ongoing.

Fallout from the president's defense of Porter was swift with many taking to social media to denounce Trump's remarks because he did not bring up the ex-wives accusing Porter of abuse.

Trump wished former White House staff secretary Rob Porter well and applauded the alleged wife beater's work while in the West Wing. Orrin Hatch. Porter also worked for Republican Sens. Hicks helped draft some of the early White House responses to the allegations against Porter.

Porter's job as White House staff secretary meant he was in charge of vetting and filtering what reached Trump's desk, including classified information.

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One senior official in the Obama administration had to wait two years for a variety of reasons, the former official said, but that was a rare case.

But for White House staff, protected privacy may not cover all the information unearthed during the background check as the process consists of two separate reviews - one for clearance and one for suitability, Zaid said. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent. "And I think you have to remember that".

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah fielded a barrage of questions during a press briefing Thursday about the president's outgoing staff secretary Rob Porter. He also said Porter had been "terminated", before later clarifying that he had resigned.

Shah explained Kelly's change in opinion about the seriousness of the allegations by saying that Kelly wasn't "fully aware" of the allegations until Wednesday. The official said White House counsel Don McGahn was apprised of at least some of the accusations at least four times, including in January 2017, the official said.

A new report this afternoon from ABC News says Trump is speaking to people about replacing Kelly.

Kelly himself faced criticism for initially defending his aide - only to later shift course after the publication of photos showing one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye. Willoughby, a 39-year-old writer and motivational speaker, said she authorized investigators to obtain a protective order she filed in 2010 after he refused to leave her Arlington, Virginia, apartment, in violation of their separation agreement.

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