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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:38 PM

The Porter scandal is not going away. Here's why.

CNN:

1. Full system failure -- and no one is taking the fall

From Trump to Kelly and the administration's top talkers, there has been a consistent unwillingness to own up in a meaningful way to anything more than a communications flub. Deputy press secretary Raj Shah conceded about as much on Thursday of last week, when, confronted over the White House's initial display of support for Porter, he said, "It's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few hours, or last few days, in dealing with the situation."

As notes of contrition go, this was on the nebulous end of mistakes were made and did little to actually explain who screwed up, how or why. Among the questions still unanswered:
- Why communications director Hope Hicks, who was involved romantically with Porter, took a hand in drafting Kelly's defense of him. (It read: "Rob Porter is 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."
- What Sanders was trying to accomplish when she called four reporters into a room with Porter and allowed him to issue his in-person, off-the-record account of what happened.
- How exactly Porter left. Was he "terminated"? Did he resign, or resign under pressure? Would he still be on the payroll now if not for the allegations -- and the images of ex-wife Colbie Holderness' black eye -- going public?
- Was anyone in the White House concerned that, given what the FBI had turned up, Porter might be susceptible to blackmail?
- Where does Trump stand on all this? Apart from wishy-washy (to be kind) comments on Friday and a cryptic Saturday tweet, the President has been uncharacteristically shy.

That Kelly, for so long sold as the conscience of the White House and esteemed gatekeeper to Trump, might be at risk of losing his job underlines the breadth of the mess. The upheaval that would follow his ouster adds another dimension to the drama.

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brooklynite Feb 2018 OP
bettyellen Feb 2018 #1
dchill Feb 2018 #2
dlk Feb 2018 #3
quartz007 Feb 2018 #4
yardwork Feb 2018 #6
Wellstone ruled Feb 2018 #5
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:42 PM

1. We need to know who the other 30 are and what Id this process they claim they have to vet hem?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:42 PM

2. Porter was resigminated.

Unlike Omarosa, who was simply regurgitated by the White House itself.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:46 PM

3. A Critical Issue is Porter's Lack of Security Clearance

How many in Trumps WH have access to top secret, sensitive information, yet don't have a security clearance? This is an enormous breach and congress should be shouting from the rooftops.

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Response to dlk (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:53 PM

4. I had top secret clearance once

 

and it took all of 2 months to process me, if I recall correctly.
May be because I lead such crime-free life? Why did Porter's processing took so many months? It does not make much sense. May be there there were issues in his background.

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Response to quartz007 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:00 PM

6. Probably more assaults on women in his past.

Maybe more will come forward.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 09:57 PM

5. So let's see who takes the fall.

Macabe? Kelly? Shah? Most likely someone from a fake agency who forgot to tell Trump his crew is full of crooks and liars.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:04 PM

7. Who takes the fall - who knows..what I do want to know is, if Porter

was compromised by foreign intelligence..he had much to hide - clearly he had access to classified information - thus, the FBI could not give him security clearance...

And why is the WH so up in arms about him having to leave..why all the misinformation ..deflection...reminds me of the rushkies meeting with Uday June 2016..and the lies as to why they met!!!!

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