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Senate Intelligence Committee hearing
Topic Started: Feb 13 2018, 11:00 AM (25 Views)
John Galt
FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that the bureau completed its background investigation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter last year, contradicting the White House's assertion that the FBI "process" was ongoing.

Wray told lawmakers at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI submitted a partial report to the White House in March on Porter, whose position involved access to the nation's most sensitive secrets, and completed its scrub of the ex-aide's background in late July.

Wray said the FBI completed a follow-up in November after one was requested and "administratively closed the file" in January. The FBI, he added, received additional information in February and passed that along, too. Wray did not specify the nature of any of the information it received about Porter.

"I'm quite confident that in this particular instance the FBI followed the established protocols," Wray said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that the clearance process was "handled by our law enforcement and intelligence community" and that it "hadn't been completed" at the time of Porter's departure last week.

"Look, this is a process that doesn't operate within the White House," Sanders said.

Spokesman Raj Shah also told reporters last week that a background investigation into Porter was ongoing until the point that he announced his resignation on Wednesday.


Also this:

At Tuesday's hearing, director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that people with temporary security clearance should get only limited access to sensitive, classified information, calling the process "broken." Coats did not mention any individuals.

"Sometimes it is necessary to have some type of preliminary clearance in order to fill a slot, but ... access has to be limited in terms of the kinds of information they can be in a position to receive or not receive," Coats said. "It needs to be reformed."
Let us begin anew, remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness.
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