Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as Trump's communications director, said on Twitter that Kelly should step down. "What I can tell you is that the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March". "Inexcusable. Kelly must resign".
Kelly found out after requesting an update on the large number of senior staffers operating without full security clearances, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.
Former campaign adviser Jason Miller said Hicks was always "smooth and direct" with the president. A McCarthy aide didn't respond to an inquiry.
The White House explanation for Rob Porter's continued service despite past allegations of domestic violence changed again yesterday.
"The White House personnel security office, who is the one that makes the recommendation for adjudication, had not finished their process and therefore not made a recommendation to the White House", she said at a press briefing.
She would not say who allowed Porter to stay in his role for more than a year without permanent clearance or answer whether the personnel security office communicated with Kelly and other top officials as the Federal Bureau of Investigation began reporting its findings.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Porter's ex-wife Colbie Holderness said Conway's comment "implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong". "I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind".
She didn't answer when asked if she personally felt misled.
The questions about Porter's behavior and ability to secure an interim clearance have only accelerated the demands for a better process.
In testimony on Capitol Hill, Mr. Wray upended the White House's timeline of the events that led to Mr.
Sanders initially had said last week that Porter would "stay on to ensure that there's a smooth transition moving forward".
It's sign of a White House with an insular, bunker mentality where the first instinct is to protect someone who has been loyal like Flynn, or someone competent and professional that White House officials feel they can't do without like Porter.
"Wray's Federal Bureau of Investigation timeline makes one thing clear: the Kelly coverup is unraveling right before our eyes", a White House source told Axios.
In past administrations, the White House counsel's office has also been involved in vetting potential employees.
Wray's account is sure to add to the controversy over the decision by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and others on Trump's staff to defend Porter after Britain's Daily Mail first reported two ex-wives' accounts a week ago.
The White House has repeatedly said that Porter's "background investigation was ongoing" when he resigned his position, and that the first the White House learned of the allegations against him was last Tuesday. Kelly told CNBC that he was told in November that there were issues in some background investigations, but that he hadn't been told the details of the Porter allegations.
Late Tuesday evening, a White House official made yet another attempt to clean up the story, telling CNN's Jeff Zeleny that McGahn had not shared sufficient information about the situation with top officials, including Kelly. But White House officials also have insisted that the investigation into Porter's background was never completed. The FBI administratively closed the file last month, but has since received additional information, which it passed along to the White House, Wray added.
House Republicans are investigating how Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance despite the abuse allegations.
"We have a broken system and I think everybody's come to agree with that now", Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told The Associated Press.
Coats and Wray declined to comment specifically about Porter and Kushner.