Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trey Gowdy: The Rob Porter Chronology Is Not Favorable For The White House

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said today on CNN’s “New Day” he launched an investigation last night into how and why Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House.
Alisyn Camerota, as you have come to expect from any CNN host, was combative with Gowdy.  He managed to shut down her flame-throwing in short order as you will see in the embedded video below.
"You can call it official. You can call it unofficial," Gowdy told CNN. "I'm going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer. And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason."
"The chronology is not favorable for the White House," Gowdy said, adding that he can't understand how Porter, the former staff secretary who resigned last week amid domestic abuse allegations from both of his ex-wives, remained employed. 
"If you knew it in 2017, and the Bureau briefed them three times, then how in the hell was he still employed? The security clearance issue is a separate issue. How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse?
"I think the really fair questions are, what were you told, by whom were you told it, did you have some reason to question what the Bureau told you and if none of that is true, why did you keep him on?" Gowdy said.
In another segment on the same morning show, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was confronted by Chris Cuomo about Porter’s security clearance.
"The White House has been clear about that," said Jordan. "I don't know what kind of access Mr. Porter had to certain information, but I think that's something that needs to be corrected moving forward, and I believe it will be with this White House."
Jordan then shifted the topic to the ongoing questions over the FBI's techniques in securing a FISA warrant against former Trump aide Carter Page, which enraged Cuomo.
"To compare it to the FBI doing what they did, taking a campaign document, dressing it all up as legitimate intelligence and presenting it to a FISA court, a secret court…"
Cuomo told him it is not fair to call the FISA court a "secret" operation, but Jordan asked if he'd ever seen a transcript from the court.
"That's why I called on Director Christopher Wray months ago. Show us the application. Show us the transcript. I'm for making everything transparent, including the Democratic memo when done with our sources and methods."

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