One week into a scandal involving a now-former staffer who is accused of abusing his two ex-wives, President Donald Trump finally condemned such actions on Wednesday.
"Everybody knows" his position, Trump said, but "now you hear it".
That account by FBI Director Christopher Wray challenges the White House assertion that Rob Porter's background "investigation was ongoing" and officials first learned the extent of accusations against him only last week, just before he abruptly resigned.
White House officials originally suggested they didn't know about the allegations until shortly before Porter resigned, claiming the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not finished its background report on him.
The White House is arguing that there is a security clearance backlog because they are a new administration. He did a very good job while he was in the White House.
Wray is declining to elaborate on what information was passed on to the White House.
According to the CNN report, among those officials who have yet to receive clearance are Trump daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
One source tells Sherman that the fight over Kelly's tenure in the White House has descended into a "death match" between different factions vying for influence in the Trump White House.
Gowdy also notably received the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said Wednesday that the White House "has work to do" to fix the vetting process and that the White House should "absolutely" condemn domestic violence. They had to tell the chief of staff at minimum.
Porter's resignation and the White House's handling of the situation shook the administration at the highest level.
When it comes to grading the President Trump's performance, Card praised what the President has done on the economy, tax reform and reducing regulations.
The president's initial comments about Porter fall in line with Trump's past reflexes to defend many powerful men accused of sexual misconduct, such as former Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore.