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>> White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, under pressure to act, introduced new measures to strengthen the process for security clearances for President Donald Trump's aides. The five page memo introduced Friday comes as Kelly has been under fire for his handling of the Rob Porter case. The former White House Staff Secretary remained in a top position under a temporary clearance despite red flags.
Domestic abuse allegations by two ex-wives came to light by media reports earlier this moth.>> And if a person who commits domestic violence, gets in the government, then there's a breakdown in the system. There's a breakdown in the vetting system and that breakdown needs to be addressed.>> It also took a full week after the Porter scandal became public, for Trump to condemn domestic violence.
>> I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that and it almost wouldn't have to be said.>> Under the new rules, any temporary security clearances for staffers whose background checks have been pending since June 1st or earlier, will be discontinued in a week.
That could affect dozens of high level officials, including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and could prevent them from participating in meetings or handling top secret documents. The FBI insists it had completed its background investigation of Porter in July, and submitted the findings to the White House. But the White House has yet to outline where the communication failure occurred.
>> I think the White House could have handled this better. And I still feel that way.>> Kelly, on Friday also said that going forward, FBI officials would directly report any concerns that they uncover during the vetting process of the President's top aides to the White House Council, Donald McGahn.