Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

House oversight investigating WH handling of Rob Porter

Pence's comment came as it emerged that Porter was up for promotion to be Kelly's deputy chief of staff - one of the top jobs in the West Wing - before he resigned, two White House officials familiar with the matter confirm to ABC News.

Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the president asked her to make clear he supports Kelly, who came under intense scrutiny after the abuse allegations against White House staff secretary Rob Porter surfaced.

The White House has claimed that the backlog of interim security clearances is a procedural effect of the review process carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House Office of Security, which can take time to complete.

Mulvaney said Trump and Kelly felt saddened and betrayed by the accusations that emerged against Porter.

Porter, who served as White House staff secretary, resigned a week ago amid the allegations from his former wives, who said he had been physically and emotionally abusive during their relationships.

Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" that everyone in the White House, including Trump, was pleased with Kelly's performance.

Some at the White House have blamed Chief of Staff John Kelly, adding that his job security remains uncertain.

He was responding to a question on domestic violence in view of the recent resignation of Porter in the aftermath of the allegations against him.

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Porter had been operating under a temporary clearance that have him access to some sensitive information without a final clearance.

Privately, officials acknowledge that the public timeline offered last week - that the administration first learned of the ex-wives' charges against Porter last Tuesday - was flawed at best.

Gowdy asked for the information by Wednesday, Feb. 28th.

Kushner's extensive holdings and his travels have delayed the process, and there is no concern about either the vetting process or Kushner's ability to do his job, Lowell said.

He had denied the allegations and alleged that he "was the victim of repeated physical violence" during his marriage.

The scandals follow months of allegations by women about sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of powerful men in entertainment, business and politics.

Over the past two years, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them before he became president. Trump has denied the accusations.

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