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The episode has thrust Trump’s senior most aides, many of whom have already been embroiled in controversy related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, into yet another crisis.

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On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White canada goose uk site House was allowing the issue to play out through the security clearance review process, arguing that it was the appropriate place for the allegations and Porter’s denials to be assessed.

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A White House official said McGahnwas only aware that ex wives were prepared to make damaging accusations about him but did not ask what the accusations were because Porter said they were not true.

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When McGahn informed Kelly this fall about the reason for the security clearance holdup, he agreed that Porter should remain and saidhe was surprised to learn that the 40 year old had ex wives.

Canada Goose Outlet Talk about Porter’s past started spreading throughout the White House after a former girlfriend told McGahn in November that he canada goose outlet in usa should investigate the abuse alleged by the ex wives, according to people familiar with the matter. The former girlfriend, who also works in the administration, declined to comment Thursday. Porter is having a romantic relationship with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, and that relationship led the former girlfriend to come forward, according to White House officials. Hicks canada goose outlet real helped draft some of the early White House responses to the allegations against Porter. Canada Goose Outlet

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McGahn received a call from the ex girlfriend in late November, officials said. McGahn made other officials aware of the accusations she communicated but took no concrete steps, the official said.

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The support for an alleged batterer who served canada goose kensington parka uk 13 months in a sensitive White House post is fueling scrutiny of the bench marks for disqualifying canada goose outlet us top staffers or canada goose outlet online store denying them full security clearances. Three Senate Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation into the administration’s goose outlet canada process for canada goose outlet black friday sale determining access to classified information, citing concerns «over the apparent low and inconsistent threshold the Trump White House uses for obtaining an interim security clearance.» Porter had an interim clearance, which means he can travel with the president on Air Force One and present him with classified documents.

John Kelly’s credibility at risk after defending aide accused of domestic violence.

Canada Goose Parka The White House’s public posture Thursday stood in stark contrast to the defensive approach it took when the accusations against Porter by his two ex wives were first published Tuesday. Canada Goose Parka

canada goose store On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Porter had the White House’s support and that the decision to resign was his own. She also said order zoloft without script. his departure from the White House was not imminent. canada goose store

«I can tell you that Rob has been effective in his role as staff secretary, and the president and chief of staff have had full confidence and canada goose outlet woodbury trust in his abilities and his performance,» she told reporters.

canada goose coats on sale On Thursday, amid the growing canada goose outlet eu controversy, Shah said Porter had cleaned out his desk that morning and would not be back. He also said Porter canada goose jacket outlet uk had been «terminated,» before later clarifying that he had resigned. canada goose coats on sale

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Kelly staunchly defended canada goose outlet ontario Porter’s integrity in a statement Tuesday before saying late Wednesday, after the photos of Holderness’s black eye were published, that he was «shocked by the new allegations» against the staffer, who reports directly to him.

canada goose clearance sale Holderness and Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second wife, both said they canada goose jacket outlet toronto were contacted and interviewed in January 2017 by the FBI about their back to back marriages to Porter between 2003 and canada goose factory outlet 2013. Government Accountability Office, said she provided photos of the black eye she said he delivered during a 2005 vacation in Florence. She said he returned the next day and broke glass in the door with his fist. canada goose clearance sale

The FBI had contacts with the ex canada goose outlet store uk wives a second time, in September. Willoughby alerted investigators Sept. 22 that she had received a call from Porter the previous day, demanding to know whether she had used the word «violent» with the FBI to describe his behavior. Porter was angry, she said, that he had still not received his security clearance.

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