News broke last week that White House communications staffer Rob Porter was facing accusations that he beat both of his ex wives.
Both women allege spousal abuse, both women informed the FBI almost a year ago that they believed an active White House official was not fit for his job.
What exactly happened afterwards has been the subject of intense debate over the last 8 days.
FBI Director Christopher Wray makes clear that White House was informed about red flags in Rob Porter's security clearance process at least as far back as last March pic.twitter.com/9qQPxIwmz9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 13, 2018
The speculation was brought to a screeching halt earlier today when acting FBI director Christopher Wray established an official timeline in regards to Mr. Porter.
Wray’s testimony directly contradicts the White House response to the controversy.
The White House has been dishonest about both their knowledge of Mr. Porters deeds, and the timing of when they knew of the allegations.
The Trump administration first made the mistake of attempting to paint Mr. Porter as a beacon of light, the statement published by Hope Hicks and Chief of Staff John Kelly the day the story broke gave the impression that Porter should be annointed for sainthood.
The two senior level officials were aware of Porter’s backround check(that Wray explained today) at the time they spoke in such respectful terms.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took it to another level the very next day, claiming the allegations were false, and she did so as graphic photos of the victims hit the internet.
Later that day, Kelly stated that he was “shocked by the allegations”, and Porter was fired shortly thereafter.
That was a lie, how could Kelly have been shocked if he had been briefed on the allegations as far back as July?
Firing Porter was the right move, but it was only done because the White House had a gun to it’s head.
John Kelly intentionally mislead the American public, and he did so to protect a man that beats up women.
That would seem like a fireable offense, which is why Kelly offered to resign.
Kelly was not alone, two powerful women aided Kelly in the effort, and did so in extremely smug fashion.
This situation has been a disaster ever since, the White House has failed to adequately address the allegations, or explain why the administration initially attempted to cover for Mr. Porter while knowing full well that the accusations against him were on the level.
The White House has been smart enough to not directly attack the victims, but have implied multiple times that both women are lying.
“Now he also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent, so you’ll have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well, he did a very good job when he was at the White House.”
Trump’s statement during an oval office meeting with the press made it clear he was not distraught in the least about the allegations while also potentially lying about his knowledge of them.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
President Trump’s tweet also did not sit well with the victims.
Today, Christopher Wray unpacked 8 days of lies from the White House, 8 days of the executive branch doing everything but telling the truth in regards to someone in their camp beating his wives, the Trump administration insulted our intelligence again and again and again.
The White House is having serious difficulty being honest with the American people, they seem incapable of properly responding to this controversy, or really any story that deals with physical and sexual abuse.