On Tuesday, Trump’s hand-picked FBI Director Christopher Wray seemed to offer a different story than the official one coming out of the White House about the dismissal of Rob Porter, the high-level staffer who left in disgrace after revelations that he beat two of his ex-wives.
The White House narrative was that the FBI’s background check on Porter was incomplete when the allegations came to light, and that their intention was to allow the agency to complete its work before passing judgment on the now-ousted Porter, who was reportedly up for a promotion just before any of the charges were made public.
But Wray, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, told the panel that the FBI had “followed the established protocol” and the process had been completed last summer and delivered to the White House well before Porter’s ouster, and certainly before he was ever considered for a promotion to Deputy Chief of Staff:
What I can tell you is that the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, and then a completed background investigation in late July. Soon thereafter we received requests for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November. And then we administratively closed the file in January.”
All of this proves without a doubt that both John Kelly and Donald Trump knew about the past allegations of Porter’s domestic violence and not only did nothing — they strongly considered him for a promotion to a prestigious position that, for most people, would be an honor to serve in.
But there’s absolutely nothing honorable about Rob Porter or the men in authority at the White House who shielded him from criticism and advanced his career, despite being a menace to women and to society as a whole.
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