Sweet Revenge: Chris Wray Blows Up Kelly's 'Porter Abuse' Alibi

Like the old saying goes, revenge is a dish best served up out of nowhere, in the middle of routine Congressional testimony.

And that's exactly what FBI Director Christopher Wray did Tuesday when, responding to a question from Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, he blew up White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's alibi in the widening scandal over former staff secretary Rob Porter.

As the  Hill reported, Wray offered a "new timeline" of the background check into Porter, who had received a temporary security clearance before his firing, saying the bureau informed the White House of Porter's history of spousal abuse as early as November,and also in January, shortly after coming across the "new information." The bureau had formally closed its review of Porter's security clearance application in July. Investigators had also submitted a partial report into Porter as early as March 2017.

“I can’t get into the content of what was briefed, what I can tell you is the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, and then a completed background investigation in late July,” he said.

“Soon thereafter we received request for follow-up inquiry and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November and then we administratively closed the file in January. And then earlier this month, we received additional information and we passed that on as well.”

In other words, the White House was almost certainly aware of Porter's history before the allegations publicly surfaced. When the news first broke late last week, Kelly defended Porter, calling him "a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him."

He quickly changed his tune, saying  "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter," Kelly said. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society" after Porter's first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, went public with her accusations against Porter. Her statement included details of domestic battery and verbal abuse on their honeymoon. She backed up her claims with a photo of a black eye she said Porter gave her. That photo has been widely circulated and discussed in the media. Earlier in the day, Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, came forward with her own stories of abuse. Porter is presently rumored to be dating White House Communications Director (and former model) Hope Hicks.

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In response to a report by the Washington Post claiming that he and White House Counsel Don McGahn and other West Wing officials knew about Porter's history, Kelly said he had only just learned of the abuse, and that Porter was shown the door right away. Politico also reported that Kelly was told weeks ago that Porter and several other White House aides would be denied permanent security clearances. He was also reportedly told why.

President Trump is famously intolerant of staff bringing bad press on him and the White House, and Kelly has reportedly offered to resign - though White House officials anonymously told the press they didn't envision an imminent departure for the chief of staff, who has been credited with bringing order and discipline to the West Wing, and has also gone to bat for Trump several times, famously referring to Congresswoman Federica Wilson as an empty barrel and offering a narrative about her involvement with a local project that was later contradicted.

However, Kelly has been enveloped in several scandals as of late, drawing a public rebuke from his boss from implying that Trump didn't grasp immigration policy before winning the election, and later drawing negative press by calling Dreamers "lazy."

Now that he's been caught lying - virtually guaranteeing another news cycle for the isolated Kelly - we imagine a firing is back in play.

As a reminder, the White House earlier refused to de-classify a memo compiled by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee that was seen as an FBI rebuttal to the purportedly exaggerated allegations from the infamous Devin Nunes "FISA Memo."

Wray has defended the FBI from Republican allegations of partisan interference, even reportedly threatening to resign over White House attempts to push out former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (McCabe effectively resigned early by using the last of his vacation days to run out the clock until his March full benefit eligibility kicks in.  Among other candidates, OMB and CFPB Chief Mick Mulvaney has been floated as a potential replacement for Kelly, though Mulvaney has denied the reports.

You've got to admit, the timing certainly is curious...

Comments

JimmyJones Billy the Poet Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

Why should they have any credibilty ? https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-12/schiff-memo-blocked-because-d…

It was actually the FBI and the Department of Justice says no [to releasing the memo]. The most important part of that letter is when it says… law enforcement concerns. What does that mean? It means, that there is a criminal investigation underway and release of some of the information in the memo by Mr. Schiff will affect that criminal investigation. I wonder who they are investigating? And the answer is pretty clear. They are investigating the people at the FBI and the DOJ who provided false information to the FISA court over a number of years, including, involving Carter Page.

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macholatte The_Juggernaut Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

 

Trump’s biggest error so far ... he should have withdrawn the AG nomination of Sessions as soon as he realized the Progs were targeting people associated with his campaign. He should have appointed someone from outside DC to be AG and a lot of shit could have already been dealt with. Lots of people could already be indicted and turning over for a plea bargain.

Trump’s second big error, making Mr. Purple Tie (Wray) head of FBI (was Wray the choice of Rod Rosenstein?).

There have to be hundreds of really top people from outside DC who could take command and destroy the Obama holdovers and help out instead of defending the obvious criminality of the Deep State.

 

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Chupacabra-322 JimmyJones Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:51 Permalink

Worth a re post,

 

This Steele Guy is going to get a visit from some “Wet Work” Individuals.

 

He was also feeding Victoria Nuland “Intelligence” on Ukraine to Kerry’s State Dept.  The Connection to the State Dept was through State Dept Official Johnathan Wiener who was the US Special Envoy to Lyiba from 2013-2016.

 

BENGAZI.

 

Weiner had a prior friendship with Steele, and passed on Steele’s analysis as a courtesy to The State Dept. Europe Bureau, lead at the time by assistant secretary Victoria Nuland.  The State Dept. received at least one Steele report a month. A coupe a dozen in total officials said.  

 

Who is Johnathan Wiener?

 

Lawer, Consultant & Diplomat from Maryland.  Served as the State Depts first Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Law Enforcement from 1994-1999 during the Clinton Administration and until January 2017 as the US Specual Envoy to Lybia in the Obama Administration.

 

The Washington Post (Deep State) is already acknowledging it feed / sent information to the FBI, is tight with Victoria Nuland? Who prepared the BENGAZI talking points?  All while Wiener was the Special Envoy to Lybia?  And, (Wiener) has a friendship with special friendship with Steele who’s being briefed by Hillary Clinton?

 

http://www.bongino.com/february-6-2018-ep-649-more-disturbing-revelations/

 

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Chupacabra-322 Son of Loki Tue, 02/13/2018 - 15:50 Permalink

@ Son,

 

Feb, 13th Don Bongino Podcast.

 

“I include an article from NPR. NPR, not a by any stretch a right Wing outlet.  Ok? But it’s actually a decent piece.  

 

Now, it describes the three hop rule.  It’s from 2013, but it describes it very shortly & ce scintillating in about 400 words.  And it’s done well so I’ll include it in todays show notes.

 

Remember, It’s now the “Two Hop Rule” but you just have to know what a “Hop” is to understand how dangerous this is.

 

Here’s who they explain it.

 

It says, “testimony before Congress on Wednesday, remember this is written in 2013 Joe.  Showed how easy it is for Americans, with no connection to Terrorism to unwittingly have their calling patterns analyzed by the Government.” This is really wacko stuff.  It hinges on what is known as a “Hop.”  

 

Or chain analysis.  When the NSA identifies a suspect, it can look not just at his phone records Joe, but also the records of everyone he calls, everyone who calls those people and everyone who calls those people.” Chain Migration.  

 

You ain’t kidding! Right!? Chain spying!

 

It goes on...though....this is good.

 

“If the average person Joe, called 40 unique people.  “Three Hop Analysts” would allow the Government to mine the records....this is a staggering number...of 2.5 Million Americans when investigating one suspected terrorist.”

 

“Holy Moly!” Holly Moly is right.

 

Why get a FISA warrant for Cater Paige after he left the Trump Team?  Because folks, the FISA Warrant is RETROACTIVE.  

 

All the the emails he sent in the past to Trump Team members, combine that with “Two Hops” you basically have everybody in the known universe that could of ever contacted the Trump Team.

 

Paige sends an email, whatever to Kushner.  I don’t know how he sends emails to.  He probably didn’t.  But you get the point.  Then you go to another “Hop.” Kushner, who’d he send an email to?  Now you got the while Trump Team.

 

That’s the whole point.  That’s why I constantly say to you that they were trying to put a legal face on this thing after they realized the election was coming up and they could lose. 

 

They were like.  Man, we’ve been spying on these people the whole time. We already got most of their emails and their communications. How do we legally do it now? 

 

Oh, we get a FISA Warrant, we use couple of “Hops” and we’re Golden.”

 

http://www.bongino.com/february-13-2018-ep-654-more-strange-occurrences/

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=207195207

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chupacabra-322 WillyGroper Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

@ Willy,

 

These Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths are in their Final Death Throes.  

 

The era of both Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Crime Syndicate families of the Bush’s, Clinton’s, Obama’s their Criminal Agents, Operatives, NGO’s & Front Companies in the Highly Compartmentalized Levels of Intelligence from around the World GCHQ is mercifully coming to an end.

 

Their future can be summed up from this quote from “Poppy” Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Bush Senior.

 

"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon

 

You need to go all the way back to the days when governor Clinton allowed the CIA to run guns into Central America and sell drugs on the streets of America.  He gave them top cover they game him & Hillary a lifetime pass.  

 

In return, The American People received Tyrannical Lawlessness.

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-alL6_Oo51I

 

Bush Senior +Bill & Hillary Clinton + Bush Jr. (Cheany Handler) + Obama = CIA

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overbet DownWithYogaPants Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

Theyre equal except when it doesnt suit them. What if he was gay and hit his gay buddy? Would anyone care? If the ship was sinking, would the equal women yell children first women and men 50/50? Nope like affirmative action, they want > than equal. And what the hell is verbal abuse? Really? Fucking snowflake syndrome.

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Donald J. Trump overbet Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

True.  If everyone's so equal we need to get rid of women's sports.  It's 2nd rate anyway.  Let everyone compete for the one and only any gender team.  Same as with jobs that have physical fitness minimums.  Women have lower minimum standards to pass than men.  Fair?  Funny too about your comment, I just have to think of the Jonathan Martin Richie Incognito "scandal".

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overbet JimmyJones Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

I knew a couple that was very violent. He was my old boss when I was a teen and worked construction. I was at their place once. He punched her in the face like she was a man. She then picked up a skillet and hit him across the face. Then he threw her through the window out onto the lawn. He said theyd fight like that all the time. He came to the job site beat up all the time and we all knew they were at it again.  

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Aerows overbet Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:27 Permalink

Why would anyone sane stay in a situation like that? My bags would be packed in an instant.

Absolute failures at life, those two.

Also, since you were a teen, and he was your boss, he was putting on a show that "He was the BOSS". I worked exactly one day at a place where the "boss" dragged me in to put on a show of berating and degrading an employee. That let me know right away that this guy had a major insecurity complex and no matter how much I got paid, I'd be next.

Nope.  The RAID array failed as I was on my way out the door *not my fault, but I didn't exactly do anything to halt it, either, it was quittin' time.  Hope they had backups!  

I had a job the next day.

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GUS100CORRINA DownWithYogaPants Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:17 Permalink

QUESTION: Is the FBI director currently in place a WHITE HAT or a BLACK HAT?

The only way to simplify the news is to first ask the above question about the person presenting the information.

I have not made up my mind yet even though the current FBI director is a TRUMP appointment.

The other question we all need to ask is: Is this person a CIA operative? This is very important. Edward Snowden for example is a BLACK HAT CIA operative who was placed inside the NSA to steal their secret tools. ES will probably be dead or we will never hear from him again by some other means in the weeks and months ahead.

This entire GLOBAL SYSTEM which would include many parts of the US IC is corrupt to the core.

KISS PRINCIPLE!

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JimmyJones GUS100CORRINA Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

Prebus was a Trump "Appointee" as well, do you really think he picked him because he thought he was the best for the job?

Wikipedia 

On June 9, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Wray to be the 33rd Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Wray was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on September 11, 2003.[11][12][13] Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey. While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron.[10][14] In March 2005, Wray announced that he would resign from his post.[15] His last day at the Justice Department was on May 17, 2005

Yeah a Bush clan boy.

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FoggyWorld GUS100CORRINA Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

Wray worked with Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe and I believe the IG in the early 2000's.   He got into that work a few years later than the others but I have the same questions you have about just who is Wray.  

While he may be right about this Porter situation and I bet he is, he seems so defensive about what has happened in his obviously corrupt agency.   Would feel better if he fessed up and then got to work cleaning things up.

This business of making sure those people get their rather large pensions that he enables by simply transferring or holding on to known trouble is worrisome.

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Aerows FoggyWorld Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:19 Permalink

Especially when they beat the shit out of their own kids and their wife.

That's not a man at all.  That's a wimp that can't take his aggression out on men his own size, so he takes it out on the only people he CAN take his frustrated ineptitude and lack of honor out on.

That's not a man - that's a FAILURE. A woman that beats her kids or her husband is ALSO just that - an abject FAILURE.

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hannah DownWithYogaPants Tue, 02/13/2018 - 14:02 Permalink

mormons....if what i have read is true...porter and his wives are mormons. weird? what is strange is that the 2 wives and his ex-girlfriend all talk to each other for years? i have never known an ex to even admit to the existence of 'that other bitch'...hahahaha. something is going on with this that isnt public.

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Aerows hannah Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:10 Permalink

Mormon women are trained from the cradle that their husband makes all of the decisions, and that he is the one that decides what is right.  If he decides he wants some extra wives on the side, she is supposed to get along with them. If he beats the shit out of her, she obviously deserves it and will get her reward for tolerating it in ...where ever it is that Mormons go, outer space or something, I guess.

If you are a domineering asshole, and want a wife you can beat the shit out of, look for a "God-fearing" (husband-fearing) one until you put her in the hospital so many times that somebody finally notices that she and the kids "fell down the stairs" one too many times.

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Aerows DownWithYogaPants Tue, 02/13/2018 - 16:02 Permalink

It certainly is when a man beats a woman to death, or into a coma.  Maybe you should visit an abuse shelter and see women who took punches for their children or children that took punches, too, for their mother.

Clearly you didn't grow up in a violent household, asshole.  It isn't a fun ride by any means.

It doesn't make you a man to beat the crap out a person half your size and half your weight (or your kids) - It makes you a pussy that can't take on someone your own size.

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