'How Do You Have Any Job if You Have Credible Allegations of Domestic Abuse?'
The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee made a surprising announcement Tuesday morning. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) expressed his frustration with the White House's hiring of Rob Porter, the now-former Trump White House staff secretary accused of domestic abuse.
"How in the hell was he still employed?" Gowdy asked CNN's Alisyn Camerota. "How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse?"
Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy on allegations of spousal abuse against former top White House aide Rob Porter: “How in the hell was he still employed… How do you have any job if you have credible allegations of domestic abuse?” https://t.co/vuNO7b7riO https://t.co/nHySCCvUGb— CNN (@CNN) February 14, 2018
On Tuesday FBI Director Christopher Wray decimated White House talking points that it did not know about the allegations that Porter physically and emotionally abused both his ex-wives.
Any Republican speaking out against the Trump White House is surprising in itself, but Gowdy has announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Also surprising is Gowdy's next statement: The House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into the Rob Porter scandal Tuesday night.
Chairman Trey Gowdy says the House Oversight Committee is "directing inquiries" to the FBI about Rob Porter https://t.co/0xN6S6UOoF— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 14, 2018
Gowdy, unfortunately, appears to be focusing his investigation on the FBI, and not the White House. The FBI is not responsible for issuing security clearances – that's done through the White House. The FBI only provides results of its investigations.