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John Kelly admits the White House dropped the ball on Rob Porter

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John Kelly in the State Dining Room of the White House. Photo: Yuri Gripas / Bloomberg via Getty Images

In an impromptu off-the-record briefing with reporters Friday, White House chief of staff John Kelly went on-the-record to discuss how the White House mishandled the Rob Porter scandal. He added that it opened his eyes to the number of staffers who were still working under interim security clearances, noting that it was “more people than I was comfortable with.”

QuoteWe didn’t cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that on Wednesday morning.
— Chief of Staff John Kelly

Kelly also offered a detailed timeline, from his point of view, on the events leading up to Porter's exit.