Trump / Porter Scandal / Domestic Violence / Gaslighting / White House Personnel Security Office (Part II) #1120914
CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The "gaslight" handing by the White House of President Trump of last week's resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter for domestic abuse of his ex-wives re-introduced; ex-wife's black eye shown; details given about the timeline of the allegations raised in FBI background checks. [Before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI director Christopher WRAY - recounts multiple information passed on to the White House.] [Earlier today on Fox, deputy White House press secretary Raj SHAH - says the background check of Porter was not completed.] [Yesterday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - speaks about the "process."] [Today, SANDERS - blames the White House Personnel Security Office for not making a recommendation.] [In response to reporter questions, SANDERS - repeats blaming the White House Personnel Security Office for not making a recommendation in the background investigation.] The defense in the "Wall Street Journal" by White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly that the process was done right noted. The White House story that the President cares about victims noted. [In response to question from ABC's Cecilia Vega, SANDERS - says the president takes the women's accusations seriously & supports the victims of any violence.] How the President has not condemned domestic violence noted. This morning & this afternoon President Trump shown avoiding the questions.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; White House: Jim Acosta) The issue of what White House counsel Don McGahn & White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly knew about Porter's background & what the FBI director said about he investigation being completed in July discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Kaitlan Collins) What is known about the little known White House Personnel Security Office & the White House explanation of the office's role, how it is just an HR-like clearance office, that McGahn & Kelly knew about these allegations about Porter discussed.
- Cooper, Anderson;
- Acosta, Jim;
- Collins, Kaitlan
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