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Dozens of Trump officials still lack full security clearance

Dozens of Trump officials still lack full security clearance

A day after #White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned amid allegations he physically abused his ex-wives, the Trump administration is still struggling to contain the fallout.

The White House has announced who will replace former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned this week amid domestic abuse allegations. "I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", Porter declared in a statement Wednesday.

Not by his two ex-wives, one of whom had sought a restraining order against Porter during their marriage.

Sherman wrote in Vanity Fair that Hicks didn't secure Trump's approval on the initial White House statement that defended Porter, and one source noted that Hicks has continued to stand with Porter in private, telling people she doesn't believe the claims against him. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent so you have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well". He heralded Porter's "hard work" and seemed to speak for the full White House when he said "we hope he has a wonderful career".

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.

In a statement White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters on Wednesday, Porter called his ex-wives' claims "outrageous" and "simply false".

That may still be true, but new reports from CNN suggest the President's wrath has indeed intensified-because if there's a woman to blame, Donald Trump will find her. She drafted the statement with her close friend, Kushner's White House spokesman Josh Raffel, whom she's known since their days working for Manhattan P.R. strategist Matthew Hiltzik. He denies the allegations.




While the FBI runs the background check for White House staff, the Office of Presidential Personnel still must sign off on the investigation to move the process forward.

Remember that in the course of the 2016 campaign, Trump faced accusations from more than a dozen women that he has sexually abused or acted inappropriately with them.

"For me, what I find the most deplorable is the president and other people in the White House saying [Porter] is a good man", said Rebecca Darr, CEO of WINGS Program Inc., an advocacy organization for domestic violence survivors that operates in the greater Chicago area.

That represents a sharp break with past practice, in which White House counsels undertook elaborate vetting of senior advisers before they were hired - and looked into any serious allegations that surfaced thereafter. But what possible reason could there be to keep someone inside the classified world of the White House under such circumstances?

Porter had been a rare staffer inside the White House who knew Washington, was widely respected and was seen as good at his job.

"I$3 f he hasn't already been abusive with Hope", she added, "he will".

Six months later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation told McGahn that accusations of domestic abuse had indeed surfaced in Porter's background check. "I didn't go the police because I was scared, I was in Italy alone and I didn't know what to do", she said.


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