Gowdy Launches Investigation Into White House

The House Oversight Committee is now investigating how former White House staff secretary Rob Porter kept his role in the administration even as accusations of domestic abuse were made against him, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the panel’s chairman.

Gowdy sent a letter on Wednesday to the White House demanding to know how Porter was allowed to work without an interim security clearance, despite being accused of domestic violence.

Gowdy separately sent a letter on Wednesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking clarity on how the bureau investigates and issues interim security clearances. Gowdy also asked when the FBI notified the White House of any underlying issues with Porter’s background check, which has become a source of controversy.

Wray testified to a Senate panel on Tuesday that the FBI completed its background check investigation of Porter in July, and then offered additional information in November and January.

Read more at The Hill.