Trump administration lost credibility from Rob Porter scandal: Karl Rove

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The President has not publicly condemned Porter or expressed sympathy to Porter's two ex-wives. Gowdy said on "New Day".

The White House has repeatedly claimed the background investigation was ongoing as the allegations of violence came to light, including photos of an ex-wife's facial bruising and graphic descriptions of abuse from another wife.

And much of that is because of the White House's handling of it.

Finally, the vice president said he does not think that much about the ongoing Justice Department investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

In a presidency where headline-grabbing news stories have the life expectancy of mayflies, the furore surrounding former White House aide Rob Porter has had notable resiliency.

Pence says the Trump administration "has no tolerance for domestic violence".

President Donald Trump also has praised Porter, and didn't speak out about domestic violence until Wednesday.

"It gives the administration, I hate to say it, a black eye, and these were bad instances", Rove told FOX Business' Trish Regan on "The Intelligence Report".

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"It nearly wouldn't even have to be said", he adds.

Pence's interviewer then asked the Vice President if he believes White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been "fully honest and transparent in [Kelly's] explanation of Rob Porter's departure". On Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee opened an investigation into how Porter was able to work under an interim security clearance, while being accused of domestic violence. Politico first reported his resignation. "Foreign intelligence services look for vulnerabilities in individuals with access to our most sensitive information". Sorensen's position did not require a security clearance, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.

The White House insists that it only learned of the allegations shortly before Porter's resignation, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains the administration had received information on the subject at various points past year.

Porter had been serving with an interim security clearance while his background check was pending, the White House said, a common occurrence for officials in a government facing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of such reviews.

Roughly a dozen top White House officials, including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, have yet to achieve a full security clearance, according to Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

"The FBI's July report required significant additional investigatory fieldwork before [the] personnel security office could begin to evaluate the information for adjudication", she said.

As the #MeToo movement has become a national phenomenon, Mr Trump - who has faced allegations of his own sexual misconduct - finds himself in a delicate situation.

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