A week after a bombshell report hit the internet that Robert Porter, the White House staff secretary, had allegedly physically abused his two ex-wives, the media are still investigating how Porter made it so high in President Trump's circles for so long.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the agency had submitted a partial report on the investigation into Porter to the White House in March and delivered the completed background investigation in late July.
Politico spoke to an Obama administration official who said people were not denied clearances for minor past drug use unless they tried to hide it. His background investigation was ongoing.
"We are directing inquiries to people that we think have access to information we don't have".
"The chronology is not favorable for the White House", Mr Gowdy said on CNN. Exactly what information the Bureau passed along still isn't clear. That's at odds with Wray's testimony. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career".
Porter resigned last week after multiple allegations of domestic abuse.
As important as the White House security clearances are, there is an even more worrisome security deficit - that is the millions of American students who are not secure from mass shootings and the mass negligence of legislators who enable them.
But press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House's assertion that Porter's clearance was still under review with an interim clearance is accurate because Porter hadn't received a final sign-off from the White House office of personnel security.
Which official could this last quote have come from?
Gowdy's letters being sent Wednesday to the White House, Kelly and Wray, could explain why the Huckabee Sanders delayed then suddenly canceled the Wednesday press briefing that Kelly was set to speak at. Stunning quotes in "The Washington post" from white house aides.
Further, the experts said, it would normally be McGahn's responsibility to alert the president and chief of staff that Porter was not fit to receive classified information. "We may like him personally, but there are things in his background that put him at risk".
There have also been mounting questions about when the White House knew about the allegations against Porter and why it didn't act sooner to remove him.
And yet, more than 130 Trump political appointees working in the Executive office of the President do not have permanent security clearances, as of November of 2017.
When asked about the allegations Friday, Trump defended Porter without mentioning his former staffer's ex-wives or the specific allegations Porter faces. An alleged abuser was allowed to remain in a position of power in the White House because an alleged abuser is living in the White House.