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White House stands by Porter timeline

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
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In a briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the investigation of former White House staffer Rob Porter closed in January and emphasized that both the White House and FBI Director Chris Wray have told the truth about the timeline leading up to Porter's departure.

Why it matters: Wray has explained that the FBI's file on Porter closed last month, before allegations of domestic abuse between Porter and his ex-wives surfaced last week. However Sanders said today that the "White House Personnel Security Office...had not finished their process" in January. This is another example in a string of confusing instances coming out of the White House about Porter.

  • Sanders said the White House is "looking for ways to take action" against domestic abuse, and "[condemns] domestic violence in every possible way."
  • Trump still has confidence in chief of staff John Kelly, Sanders said in the briefing.

One more thing: President Trump will be donating his quarter four salary to the Department of Transportation, to "rebuild and modernize" U.S. infrastructure, Sanders added in Tuesday's press briefing.

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