REP LIEU STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE CONTRADICTIONS ON AIDE'S SECURITY CLEARANCE

February 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D - Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after FBI Director Christopher Wray's testimony before the Senate contradicted previous White House assertions that they were not aware that former Staff Secretary Rob Porter had been accused of domestic abuse until recently. Rep. Lieu sits on the House Judiciary committee, which has oversight over the FBI and the Department of Justice.

"FBI Director Christopher Wray's testimony contradicts the timeline set forth by the White House on when they knew about Rob Porter's domestic violence and security clearance issues. It is one thing to lie about stupid stuff like inauguration crowd size. But peddling falsehoods about highly sensitive matters such as a top White House official's domestic abuse and security clearance issues has grave national security implications.

The security clearance process ensures government officials handling classified information are not vulnerable to blackmail or manipulation. Prior to serving in Congress, I went through two security clearance investigations to get my security clearances. Those of us who hold security clearances are mortified by the mockery the White House has made of the process. We continue to have no clarity on this matter from the White House, which is terrifying as much as it’s unsurprising.”

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