Tuesday’s press conference with Sarah Huckabee Sanders was no less of a clusterf*ck than usual, but this one seemed to put a brand new spin on just what the White House is going with in terms of acknowledging that the FBI basically just threw them under the bus on the Rob Porter story while still refusing to admit they were wrong.
Hang on tight, because this one’s a doozy.
Appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray left a gaping hole in the official White House story that Porter’s background check hadn’t been completed before he was ousted over allegations of domestic violence against two of his ex-wives:
According to FBI Director Wray, the FBI notified the White House about former aide Porter’s background check in March, completed the report in July, & closed the file in January. This timeline contradicts the Trump White House. pic.twitter.com/tPWhyO5cHZ
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 13, 2018
Confronted with that fact, Sanders was forced on the defensive, and the defense that she chose was… interesting, to say the least.
.@PressSec, when pressed about Rob Porter timeline: “The FBI portion was closed, the White House Personnel Security Office — the one that makes a recommendation for adjudication — had not finished their process.” https://t.co/jTle9syoNH pic.twitter.com/oW1qLBMQaI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 13, 2018
So, we think at this point Sarah has accepted that Trump’s FBI Director is telling the truth, and that they HAD, in fact, completed the background check, so now they’re going with “well, what we meant was that here in the White House, that part hadn’t been done yet.”
But yesterday, when she was busy deflecting questions as to why Trump wouldn’t personally say that he believed Porter’s ex-wives and forced her to say it for him, she also put all of the responsibility for that pesky background check on forces outside the White House:
After FBI Director contradicts WH narrative, Sanders today says process at WH had not yet completed.
But just yesterday she said: “Look, this is a process that doesn’t operate within the White House. It’s handled by our law enforcement and intelligence community.” https://t.co/VCaaxcmK56
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 13, 2018
So clearly she’s talking out her ass, as usual. Oh, there were skeptics:
Sarah Sanders says no one senior in the White House knew of the allegations. FBI said they reported four times to the White House. So why aren’t White House officials raging mad that no one filled them in? Sanders won’t say.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 13, 2018
There is the new WH story: @PressSec is now diverting responsibility to “career officials” in the WH personnel security office.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) February 13, 2018
White House spokeswoman seems to be arguing the White House personnel security office is not a part of the White House
— Devlin Barrett (@DevlinBarrett) February 13, 2018
But the bottom line is, Sarah Huckabee Sanders is once again left twisting in the wind by her boss and this time by his Chief of Staff, as well. I wish I could feel bad for her, but, um… no.
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