House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told CNN on Wednesday that the panel decided Tuesday night to launch an investigation. The FBI only provides results of its investigations. "And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason, and you'll learn that reason and you can judge whether or not it's a sufficient reason or not".

Rep. Ted Lieu introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow Congress to oversee the security clearance process at the White House after revelations former aide Rob Porter remained on a temporary status for over a year. Picture taken August 12, 2017. Wray says the Federal Bureau of Investigation provided information to the White House on Porter in November, "then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well".

"How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse?" Porter was interviewed about the allegations in September, an official said.

Given how deferential the Republican Congress has been toward Donald Trump since he came into office, Gowdy's interest in investigating this story is a surprise.

The House Speaker did seem tongue-tied at one point, nearly suggesting that he didn't know what Trump had said about Porter, though that is common knowledge, and then switching tacts mid-sentence to refer, instead, to Porter's alleged actions.

"We do have jurisdiction over the security clearance process - I do not have jurisdiction over the president hires", Gowdy said.

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More than 150 women and girls said in court that he sexually abused them over the past two decades, including gold medalist Aly Raisman.

Porter has resigned from the White House.

Gowdy was a prosecutor for years, and his sense of justice is genuinely riled up by Porter's alleged abuse.

Rob Porter, who as staff secretary handled the president's paper flow, resigned last week.

Conway went on to say that "there's no question" that domestic violence "knows no demographic or geographic bounds", and she understands there is a stigma that surrounds these issues. 'The chronology is not favorable from the White House'.

"And then we administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well", Wray added in his congressional testimony Tuesday, without elaboration.

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