Trump says he opposes domestic violence and everybody knows that

And Saturday, he appeared to cast doubt on the women's allegations when he tweeted: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee says he has launched an investigation into the White House's decision to keep staff secretary Rob Porter in his job for months after the West Wing was reportedly informed by the FBI of domestic abuse allegations against him.

Porter resigned on Wednesday last week after his two ex-wives accused him of physical and emotional abuse.

Porter has denied the claims.

Wray is declining to elaborate on what information was passed on to the White House. As I said, and as the White House has said, I think the White House could have handled this better.

"If a person committing domestic violence gets into government, then there's a breakdown in the system", Ryan said at a news conference.

Pence was interviewed by Axios' Mike Allen Wednesday in Washington and was asked specifically about Kelly's handling of the scandal.

In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Trump said: "I'm totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind". "Everyone knows that, and it nearly wouldn't even have to be said". Another criticized senior colleagues, saying "they're not telling us the truth" about Porter, adding that it has become evident that multiple White House officials knew for some time about the allegations of abuse. Top aides at the White House were aware of the allegations last fall, and he was permitted an interim security clearance. Politico first reported his resignation. When the allegations first surfaced in an article in the Daily Mail, Kelly called Porter a "a man of true integrity and honor", but did not make mention of the victims.

The White House was still working on Porter's security clearance at that point, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Porter had worked with a provisional security clearance, but he had been unable to secure a full clearance after the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the allegations early previous year.

Porter had been rising in Trump's inner circle and had been talking to Kelly about a promotion before his departure, according to a source familiar with the situation.

However, Trump had said that Porter's departure was "very sad" and "he did a very good job" while he was in the White House.

Kushner's extensive holdings and his travels have delayed the process, and there is no concern about either the vetting process or Kushner's ability to do his job, Lowell said.

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