Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last week following allegations that he physically abused two of his former wives. The Trump administration was made aware of these allegations weeks ago but decided to protect Porter even though his request for a security clearance was likely to be denied.
The Porter situation highlights a broader problem in Trump’s White House: Dozens of staffers, like Porter, are privy to sensitive materials like the president’s daily security briefings but have not been granted long-term access to classified information.
A Washington Post report by Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Devlin Barrett suggests that the White House is reluctant to get involved in any clearance cases because Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is currently
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