What’s going on?
Led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Congress is investigating why the White House employed former aide Rob Porter even though he had been accused of domestic abuse.
On today’s show, Pat and Stu talked about this story while sitting in for Glenn.
Porter, who served as White House staff secretary for the Trump administration for about a year, resigned last week when allegations from two of his ex-wives surfaced. One of them produced a photo of her blackened eye from the alleged abuse as evidence.
“These outrageous allegations are simply false,” Porter said in a statement, calling the claims a “coordinated smear campaign.”
What are Republicans saying?
Gowdy said his House Oversight Committee launched the investigation on Tuesday night. In an interview, he sounded determined to get to the bottom of things.
“You can call it official, you can call it unofficial — those words don’t mean anything to me,” Gowdy said in an interview with CNN. “What means something to me is I’m going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters that he had been informed about the probe and that Porter’s employment by the White House indicated a “breakdown” in the screening process.
"If a person who commits domestic violence gets in government, then there's a breakdown in the system,” Ryan said. “There's a breakdown in the vetting system, and that breakdown needs to be addressed."