By Steve Neavling
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.