The White Home was repeatedly briefed on the FBI’s background investigation into the previous White Home workers secretary that uncovered allegations of home abuse earlier than these allegations grew to become public, Wray stated.
“I can not get into the content material of what was briefed to the White Home … What I can let you know is that the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in query in March. After which a accomplished background investigation in late July. That quickly thereafter, we obtained request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and offered that info in November and that we administratively closed the file in January,” Wray stated throughout congressional testimony Tuesday.
Wray declined to say what info was particularly offered to the White Home, however stated the FBI offered periodic updates on its investigation in March, July and November earlier than closing its background verify investigation into Porter in January.
The timeline contradicts claims the White Home has made within the wake of Porter’s resignation final week about Porter’s background verify info and when the White Home was briefed on the investigation.
Wray added that the FBI “obtained some further info” earlier this month and “handed that alongside as effectively.”
White Home deputy press secretary Raj Shah claimed Thursday that the FBI’s background investigation into Porter was “ongoing.”
“His background investigation was ongoing,” Shah stated. “On this occasion, within the case of Rob Porter, we relied on the background verify investigative course of. That course of hadn’t been accomplished, so we had been counting on the data that we had.”
The White Home has additionally maintained that it didn’t be taught of the extent of the allegations in opposition to Porter till the allegations grew to become public final week.
The FBI interviewed no less than considered one of Porter’s ex-wives who claimed Porter abused her in January 2017 — months earlier than the FBI’s first replace to the White Home on his investigation.