Porter resigned on Wednesday after news broke that his two ex-wives claimed he had abused them.
It was a mess from start to finish, so much so that deputy press secretary Raj Shah finally issued a rare mea culpa on Thursday: "I think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few days in dealing with this situation".
When were you or your predecessor, Reince Preibus, and other officials first made aware of any aspect of the allegations of domestic abuse and the temporary protective order against Mr. Porter?
We recognize that you and the President have tremendous discretion in deciding whom to hire to work in the White House.
"There's no tolerance in this White House, and no place in America for domestic abuse", Pence said in an interview with Lester Holt. Porter following the allegations. Kelly told reporters on Friday that he was informed in November that Porter had allegations against him that were delaying his security clearance, but that he did not know the full extent until this week, MSNBC said.
Trump also has been quizzing those around him about their opinion of Mulvaney in recent weeks, aides and associates tell CNN. Instead, the White House released a statement from Kelly praising Porter's character. Three Senate Democrats on Thursday called for an investigation into the administration's process for determining access to classified information, citing concerns "over the apparent low and inconsistent threshold the Trump White House uses for obtaining an interim security clearance". Porter was even allowed to put out his own statement, quite an accommodation from any employer, never mind the White House, for a reported abuser. Last month he told colleagues that he wasn't planning on leaving the White House to take an outside role.
Other than Porter, who are the "multiple aides" that have been told they aren't getting a security clearance?
Three days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation again contacted Holderness, she said, asking whether she had been contacted by anyone regarding Porter. The FBI also asked Porter to explain Holderness' black eye, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
The White House chief-of-staff told confidants in recent weeks that he had made a decision to fire anyone who had been denied a clearance - but had yet to act on that plan before the Porter allegations were first reported this week.
Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, and Jennifer Willoughby, Porter's second wife, both said their ex-husband's consistent abuse was the reason for their respective divorces. Porter to serve without investigating them.