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House Oversight Committee Investigates White House Employment Of Rob Porter

by Countable | 2.14.18

What’s the story?

CNN reports that the House Oversight Committee will be investigating the White House’s employment of Rob Porter, an aide who recently resigned following the exposure of domestic abuse history with both of his ex-wives.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), told CNN that he was "troubled by every aspect of Porter’s employment":

"How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse? Again, I am biased toward the victim."

Porter has denied the allegations. President Trump has defended him, stating that his denials should be considered. Photos of a black-eye suffered by Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, following an alleged domestic dispute have circulated widely on the internet and in print publications.

Porter worked for a year in the White House with an interim security clearance, which was prevented from being transitioned to a permanent one due to the abuse allegations. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday that the first reports of the abuse and their effect on Porter’s security clearance were given to the White House in March of 2017, and then further finalized in July and November of 2017.

This contradicts White House’s statements that they found out about the allegations and Porter was immediately removed from his post.

What do you think?

Should the House Oversight Committee investigate whether the White House knowingly employed Porter after they knew of the abuse allegations against him? If they did, what should be done as a result? Should some White House staff resign? Should the security clearance system be reformed? Do you agree with Gowdy that abuse history should disqualify you from public service or not?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: The Hill via Twitter)

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  • Betty
    02/14/2018
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    Now they want to investigate. What about the other 30 people with no clearance.

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  • James
    02/14/2018
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    The entire episode is entirely reprehensible. The vile acts of Mr. Porter, the Mormon Church Bishop telling the victims to not ruin their husbands career, and finally the ongoing circular firing squad at the White House. I cannot understand the environment in this administration which clearly doesn’t care about domestic violence.

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  • sit-down-and-be-counted
    02/14/2018
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    As somebody who’s been abused, I know that the abuser is not right in the head. That is not someone who should have security clearance at the white house or any position of authority. They clearly view authority more important than integrity. Whomever kept him on staff after learning his past must be removed from the white house immediately. Send a message to trump that we do not accept domestic abusers, or rapists like trump while we’re at it. (Yes, I know I’m not capitalizing when I should. The white house and our president need to earn my respect.)

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  • Chris
    02/14/2018
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    Those who knew about Mr. Porter’s history of perpetrating abuse and granted him security clearances should be held accountable.

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  • Mary
    02/14/2018
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    Absolutely. Security clearance should be treated as sacred. Domestic and sexual abuse/harassment are not just legal violations but a symptom of instability.

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  • John
    02/14/2018
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    The House and the Senate should look into 45’s entire staff and come up with a stronger (extreme vetting) program for issuing security clearances. And yes, abusers should be automatically removed from government employment.

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  • OlderNWiser
    02/15/2018
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    #45 is corrupt, misogynistic, abusive, racist, xenophobic, crude and rude and has a staff comprised of sycophants who will cater to his endless neediness. He has always had Mob ties and the Russian connections are being ignored largely, So, we have a corrupt, inept wannabe dictator destroying our government from within appointing equally corrupt inept unvetted security risks. What could go wrong? And what will be done? Oh, let’s fiddle while Washington burns—that worked out so well for Rome.

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  • Clint
    02/14/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president. What I want to know is what are you planning on doing to protect this country and it’s people from literally everything he does. I could give you a huge list but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • Craig
    02/14/2018
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    Just like every other investigation in a Republican controlled congress this will go nowhere.

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  • Cndrla
    02/14/2018
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    White rich mail patriarchy needs to go… 2018… 2020

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  • Teri
    02/14/2018
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    About TIME you DO YOUR JOB. The Thief in Chief circumvents all the rules while you empty suits stumble around in the dark.

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  • Robert
    02/14/2018
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    Only going to investigate one? Open your eyes there are a lot of people working there around security sensitive issues with a minimal security clearance. Need to investigate whoever is in charge of human resources and fire them.

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  • S
    02/14/2018
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    Another “let’s see how we can get the WH off the hook and blame someone else like the FBI or the Democrats.” This won’t be an investigation. It will be a white wash in how to hold trump blameless and put more doubt that the FBI is biased against him. They will need to have a strategy that exonerates trump for his past abuses, supports his defense of abusers, exonerates the WH specifically Kelly, condemns the DOJ for a lack of due process for abusers, and turns Porter’s wives into liars who have a vendetta against Porter or trump with the FBI and/or the Democrats assisting them. Big agenda, but I am sure this committee and congress is up for the task. (Nunes can probably help them develop a strategy if they get stuck on something.) Plus there is always lying which seems to be a favorite fall back tactic of theirs when there is no believable defense. They will claim the allegations against Porter are doubtful just like they did with Roy Moore’s victims defending him by saying if it really happened why didn’t the victims report it? This Congress always first doubts the victims and then makes excuses for the abusers unless it is a Democrat or someone else they want to run out of town. Congress ought to be investigated for their abuses of women in their personal and professional lives by a panel of independent women not affiliated with any party or government employee. Congress is corrupt enough to be covering for each other and hiding a lot. Their behavior only gets attention when a victim speaks out or it is discovered by a third party (you know—the fake news people with nonexistent informants and data which is later proven to be truthful and accurate). And when will there be an investigation into those who work in top level security positions like Kushner who can’t get a security clearance? Ignoring it seems to be the way Congress chooses to deal with that.

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  • BeStrong
    02/14/2018
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    So the FBI notifies the WH in March 2017 July 2017 November 2017 and January 2018 in the form of partial reports updates and final reports. Is it POSSIBLE for this man and his administration to speak the truth?

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  • James
    02/14/2018
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    Either one can or can not pass security clearance for a position at the White House. Who thinks an "interim" clearance is in any way acceptable? No one should be allowed within that circle of influence if they have not passed security clearance with flying colors. Embarrassing the nation once again. Please draw the line.

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  • Marylynn
    02/15/2018
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    According to the latest CNN report, there are currently 100 White House employees that don't have a security clearance. Leave it to Cadet Bone Spurs to hire people who can't pass a security clearance. What happened to his campaign claims that he was going to surround himself with the best and brightest. More like a bunch of criminals.

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  • Kelly
    02/14/2018
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    All of trumps appointees and everyone in that White House should have a security clearance. If they don’t they need to leave. Trump obviously picks whoever will bow to him and has no regard for their qualifications. It’s up to our representatives to clean up this mess. You know Trump is unfit for office and yet too many of you make excuses for him and then coddle his bad behavior, not to mention trying to obstruct the investigation into the Russian meddling which we all know has occurred. To attack our institutions is ridiculous. You need to turn your attention to what the White House is doing and clean it up because it’s your mess now.

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  • Angelee
    02/15/2018
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    How about investigating the other 130 people working in the White House with no security clearance? Why is this ok???? Do your job!

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  • suzanneh2017
    02/15/2018
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    Trump is an abuser too. He needs to go!! What type of an example are we setting for our children when we allow physical and sexual abuse or’s to stay in office. And that includes the president

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  • Ronda
    02/15/2018
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    And in other entirely expected news Rep. Trey Gowdy, Partisan Hack-SC, began a perfunctory “investigation” into Republicans being so completely craven that scores of them are incapable of getting a security clearance. Rep. Gowdy indicated that in a very short time he will find them completely innocent due to being Republicans. He then indicated that the standard Clinton investigation would begin immediately. At this point his statement devolved into incoherent hissing and grunting, the only discernible words being: her emails, Benghazi, and Vince Foster. Film ad nauseam.

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