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White House faces new pressure from Congress over Rob Porter's departure

White House faces new pressure from Congress over Rob Porter's departure

On CNN Wednesday night, Don Lemon said that after yet another mass shooting at school - this one in Parkland, Florida, with 17 dead - "everyone agrees" that "we need to keep guns out of the hands of unsafe people", America can make "mental health a priority" at the same time as it enacts new gun laws, and "I know we are better than this".

Wray's words strongly suggested that Porter, who had been given an interim security clearance, was allowed to continue serving in his influential post in the West Wing long after officials had received word of the troublesome accusations.

The White House declined to comment on the matter, according to NBC.

Pence said if North Korea "completely and verifiably abandon [ed]" its missile programmes, "only then can we consider any change in posture by the United States or the worldwide community". He added that "if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government then there's a breakdown in the system".

"The White House's handling of the Porter situation has ensnared senior West Wing officials, calling into question the decision-making and candor of chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn".

One former White House official, Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted 10 days a year ago as White House communications director before being removed by Kelly, weighed in on Tuesday on Wray's testimony.

Pence praised Kelly's "remarkable job" as chief of staff, but dodged answering a question whether he felt Kelly had been "fully transparent" in disclosing what he knew about the accusations against Porter and when.

After the story about Porter was published, Kelly and Sanders both released effusive statements about Porter's White House performance.

"I'm opposed to domestic violence and everybody here knows that", Trump said during an Oval Office event. "I would be surprised that if in their partial report in March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation either didn't include the photo or, at a minimum, reference they had photographic evidence of the domestic assault".

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"He says, "Everyone knows that, and it nearly wouldn't even have to be said".

On Friday, White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigned after revelations that his former wife had accused him of domestic violence. Politico first reported his resignation.

They had only interim clearance to view sensitive compartmented information, which is the most sensitive government information and a higher clearance category, NBC reported.

The likes of Porter - while he was at the White House - and Kushner would have access to top secret intelligence due to their proximity to the President.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, who is in the background, holds a meeting on trade with members of Congress at the White House on February 13.

The White House was still working on Porter's security clearance at that point, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

The only Trump appointees NBC News notes as being highly recognizable who are operating with permanent security clearances are White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.

Kushner's extensive holdings and his travels have delayed the process, and there is no concern about either the vetting process or Kushner's ability to do his job, Lowell said. The President has not publicly condemned Porter or expressed sympathy to Porter's two ex-wives.


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