The Rob Porter scandal is not going away.
In part, it remains because President Trump and the whole of his administration, right down to White House Lie Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, handled news of Porter’s domestic violence issues in exactly the wrong way.
It also remains, in part, because there are questions about Porter’s security clearance. He didn’t have full clearance, so how was he doing his job?
While appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy was asked if there was to be an investigation into just that thing, and pretty much, yeah, as of Tuesday night.
“What matters to me is that we are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don’t have,” said the chairman, who is retiring at the end of this Congress.
“You can call it official, you can call it unofficial, those words don’t mean anything to me. What means something to me is I’m going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer,” Gowdy said.
Rob Porter was forced to step down from his position as White House staff secretary several weeks ago, after the media got wind of 2 former wives and an ex-girlfriend, all alleging abuse.
There were photos of a swollen, bruised face. There was an order of protection taken out. Three women have stories to tell. This was more than “mere allegations.”
And while the White House has insisted they knew nothing of Porter’s past, until a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, was about to break the story, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to a Senate panel on Tuesday that the bureau had finished their inquiries into his background and filed their findings by July of 2017, so somebody should have known.
And Trump still refuses to openly condemn domestic violence.
Here is the letter Gowdy sent to White House Chief of Staff Kelly (and the same one to FBI director Chris Wray) requesting more information on Rob Porter’s interim security clearance. pic.twitter.com/4KdpxAMxC7
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) February 14, 2018
Gowdy went on to say in the CNN interview that he was “troubled by almost every aspect” of Porter’s case.
“I spent two decades believing women and children who alleged abuse, even sometimes when no one else did,” Gowdy told CNN, referring to his time as a prosecutor.
“So whether or not there’s a security at issue or not, I have real issues about how someone like this could be considered for employment whether there’s a security clearance or not,” Gowdy said.
And that’s the attitude everybody in that den of jackals known as the Trump administration should have, regarding this situation.