Who in the White House knew, and when did they know it?
That is what reporters throughout Washington, D.C., and beyond are wondering after the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who departed the West Wing after allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives were made public. According to multiple reports, top officials at the White House, including chief of staff John Kelly, knew about the allegations against Porter for months. Porter has denied the allegations.
On Friday afternoon, Trump pointed to Porter’s denial while speaking to reporters at the White House.
“We wish him well,” Trump said when asked about Porter’s departure. “He worked very hard. I found out about it recently, and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well. It’s obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career. And hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it. And certainly he’s also very sad. Now he also, as you probably know, he says he’s innocent. And I think you have to remember that.”
On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Kelly became “fully aware” of the accusations against Porter only in the last few days. But he refused to clarify what he meant by “fully aware.”
Shah also refused to provide a timeline of when President Trump’s senior advisers first became aware of the battery allegations.
But based on recent reports by the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Politico and other news sources, Yahoo News has assembled a timeline of what is known about Porter’s case to date.
Porter is appointed staff secretary by Trump.
According to the Post, Porter informs McGahn that his ex-wives were “prepared to make damaging accusations about him that could threaten his security clearance.” But according to the report, McGahn “did not ask what the accusations were because Porter said they were not true.”
“He wanted Porter to stay put because he saw the Harvard Law-trained Capitol Hill veteran as a steadying, professional voice in the White House,” according to the paper.
The FBI, which handles security clearances for the White House, interviews Porter’s ex-wives that month,
The FBI flags some of its findings about Porter’s alleged abusive behavior to the State Department’s Office of Personnel Security, according to the Post.</p>
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