Jennifer Horn, former New Hampshire Republican chairwoman, added, "Every single time the president tries to excuse a man who has assaulted women, it makes it harder and harder for our candidates to run credible campaigns".
House Republicans are investigating how Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance despite the abuse allegations.
That's how much we'll spend on candy, cards and other goodies this Valentine's Day, according to the National Retail Federation. "Clearly, we all should be condemning domestic violence", Ryan told reporters. Whatever his military achievements, Kelly may be the least-qualified chief of staff in recent history, including his lackluster predecessor, Reince Priebus, who is Jim Baker by comparison.
"I'm sorry for any suffering [Porter's ex] has endured, but in the case of Hope, I rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts, and loyalty, and smarts", Conway said.
Eric Trump on Tuesday called domestic abuse "truly the lowest of low" and said President Donald Trump takes the issue "very seriously" in light of the allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
"His background investigation was ongoing", Raj Shah, the deputy White House press secretary, told reporters last week. It might also explain Kelly's misguided reluctance to oust Porter, since it appears he was integral to the process of managing the West Wing.
That account by FBI Director Christopher Wray challenged the White House assertion that Rob Porter's background "investigation was ongoing" and officials first learned the extent of accusations against him only last week, just before he abruptly resigned. She said even though the FBI probe of Porter was closed, a separate investigation by the White House personnel security office was still going on.
Porter resigned once the allegations became public, but not before chief-of-staff John Kelly defended him in glowing terms, using a statement co-written by Hicks.
Tuesday was no different, with Sanders repeating stale talking points and qualifying her responses with varying ways of claiming that she did not know.
Wray said the FBI submitted a "partial report on the investigation in question" in March 2017 and a completed background investigation in late July.
Information for this article was contributed by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear of The New York Times; and by Ellen Nakashima, Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post. Mark Warner, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat, told Coats at a hearing Tuesday, noting that government auditors had declared the current program as "high risk". "That soon thereafter, we received request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November and that we administratively closed the file in January". Kelly promised to oversee Porter's "swift" exit.
The questions about Porter's behavior and ability to secure an interim clearance have only accelerated the demands for a better process. "I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind". Who would lie like that?
A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances.
February 6, 2018: DailyMail.com tells the White House that it plans to publish detailed reporting on Willoughby's claims.
"There is nothing worse in the world than domestic abuse", Eric Trump told radio host Rita Cosby on Tuesday.
But she insisted that "we relay the best and most accurate information we have" and that "I've done the best I can". And then a completed background investigation in late July.
Ron Wyden (D-OR) asked Wray for a timeline of the FBI's revelations to the White House about the domestic abuse allegations.
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