House panels launches investigation into former White House aide

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to the FBI and White House on Wednesday as his panel opened an investigation into the matter. Porter, the president’s staff secretary, resigned last week after his two ex-wives came forward with allegations of abuse.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked Wednesday about how the White House has handled the Porter allegations, and whether President Donald Trump needs to publicly condemn domestic violence.

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“Clearly, we all should be condemning domestic violence,” Ryan told reporters. “And if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government, then there’s a breakdown in



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