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FBI Obtained Photos of Alleged Abuse by Rob Porter More Than a Year Ago

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI obtained photos of alleged abuse at the hands of former White House aide Rob Porter just a week after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.

The revelations, first reported by CNN, raise more questions about when the White House learned of allegations that Porter abused his two ex-wives. 

The Trump administration has maintained that it was unaware of the allegations until recently, but the FBI has contradicted those claims, saying it provided the White House with reports on Porter in March, July, November and January.

The photos obtained by the FBI show Porter’s ex-wife Colbie Holderness with a black eye she said Porter gave her in 2005.

The allegations, also supported by a police report, prevented Porter from getting a security clearance.

National security expert Mark Zaid said it “isn’t reasonable” that the White House first learned of the abuse allegations in news reports last week, when Porter resigned.

“I would be surprised that if in their partial report in March, the FBI either didn’t include the photo or, at a minimum, reference they had photographic evidence of the domestic assault,” he said.

House Committee Launches Investigation into White House’s Handling of Rob Porter Allegations

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By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into the White House’s handling of domestic violence allegations against former high-ranking official Rob Porter.

The committee made the decision Tuesday evening, just hours after FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, contradicted the White House’s version of events, The Hill reports

The committee wants to know how Porter maintained his job and continued to work without security clearance after the allegations surfaced. 

White House officials originally suggested they didn’t know about the allegations until shortly before Porter resigned, claiming the FBI had not finished its background report on him.

But Wray testified that the bureau finished the background report in July and closed the file in January, which means the White House would have known about the allegations weeks before he resigned. 

Porter did not resign until photos surfaced last week showing an ex-wife with a black eye.

President Trump, who defended Porter, declined to answer questions from reporters today about the Porter case. 

FBI’s Wray Contradicts White House Account of Alleged Abuser Rob Porter

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaking at a previous congressional committee hearing.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The head of the FBI contradicted the White House version of events surrounding the handling of physical abuse allegations against former top aide Rob Porter, who resigned a week ago after denying the claims made publicly by two ex-wives.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the bureau finished a background report on Porter in July and closed the file in January, which means the White House would have known about the allegations weeks before he resigned. 

White House aides have claimed the FBI and other intelligence agencies had not completed the background checks, which included the domestic violence allegations.

Wray said the FBI did everything right.

“I’m quite confident that in this particular instance, the FBI followed established protocols,” Wray told the committee.