Seventeen people killed in a school shooting was good news for the Donald Trump White House after a week of bad headlines, leaking, and infighting over how former staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to keep his job despite a history of domestic violence preventing him from getting a permanent security clearance. “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said one White House official, speaking anonymously to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.” But even before the shooting, the White House was looking for ways to “move on” from the Porter scandal … and, in the grand tradition of the Trump administration, doing a half-assed version of it focused more on the headlines than on real
The White House admits that they used the Parkland school shooting as an excuse to cancel press briefings and a distraction away from the Rob Porter scandal. The Washington Post reported: Press staffers cited the tragedy as a reason to cancel on-camera briefings for the remainder of the week, allowing them to avoid questions about […] The post As Children Were Dying In Parkland, The White House Was Relieved That The Rob Porter Heat Was Off Them appeared first on Politicus USA.
The emerging facts and photos about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter spell out a dark truth about the prevalence of domestic abuse. It happens no matter how “strong” women are. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway foolishly argued in a CNN interview that White House communications director Hope Hicks, who is dating Porter, was "immune” to such abuse because she was a "strong woman.” Earth to Kellyanne: The perpetrator can be a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar, like Porter, or a high school dropout. He can work at the White House or be unemployed. He can be a Mormon or not take part in any religion at all. As Porter’s first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, the one with the black eye in the photos, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post: Abuse comes in many forms. I
Neil Eggleston. If that name is unfamiliar, Eggleston was the White House counsel for Barack Obama for the last three years of his administration. During those three years, Eggleston became known for his personal actions on … nothing. Absolutely nothing. On the other hand, during his short time in the White House, Don McGahn has become something just short of a household name. It was McGahn who sent a memo to Jeff Sessions asking that Sessions not recuse himself from the Russia investigation. McGahn who informed Donald Trump that Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI. McGahn who leaned on the FBI to get rid of Andrew McCabe. And he’s one of the people who intentionally allowed Rob Porter to hang around the White House months after the FBI sent over reports to the White House Personnel Sec
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) couldn’t even take a stand against Trump on the issue of domestic violence at his weekly press conference. Video: Coward #PaulRyan won't even criticize Trump for not condemning domestic violence. This is what Trump enablement looks like in action. #RobPorter pic.twitter.com/Hy4qL5Oogv — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 14, […] The post Coward Paul Ryan Refuses To Criticize Trump For Hiring Wife Beater Rob Porter appeared first on Politicus USA.
The White House continues to flail, lie, and deny over its botched handling of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s history of domestic abuse. Senior officials knew that Porter’s ex-wives had told the FBI he had abused them, sat on that knowledge for months, initially defended Porter as “a man of true integrity and honor” and then issued a series of contradictory claims about what they knew when and how they responded. Right now the question is who will bear the most blame and whether that blame will come with real penalties, but the reality is that responsibility for this situation is spread throughout the White House at the highest levels. Chief of Staff John Kelly is—rightfully—drawing a large share of criticism for standing by Porter, who was reportedly in line for a promotion before t
Mr. Trump’s statement, which members of both parties had said was long overdue, came as the president’s chief of staff faced new questions about his handling of the case.
Buried down in the details of the Rob Porter story, and in the latest round of excuses about the Rob Porter story, are some mysteries that go beyond that one particular wife-beating SOB. During Tuesday’s intelligence hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray made it clear that the FBI completed its background check on Porter by July, only to have the White House request additional information. On Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pinned the blame for the everything related to Porter on the White House Personnel Security Office. While Sanders repeatedly described the Personnel Security Office as “staffed by career officials,” the office actually reports to Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin. Hagin, a veteran of both Bush administrations, in turn reports to Joh
Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who stepped down after accusations of spousal abuse, amassed job titles from multiple Senate offices before joining President Trump’s staff.
Things are getting even worse for the White House on the Rob Porter story as House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has launched an investigation into the Rob Porter scandal. Video of Gowdy confirming the investigation on CNN’s New Day: Gowdy said when asked if he is launching an investigation, “We did last […] The post Republican Trey Gowdy Has Launched An Investigation Into The Rob Porter Scandal appeared first on Politicus USA.