- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

President Trump said Wednesday that he is “totally opposed” to domestic violence, in the wake of allegations of spousal abuse by a former aide.

“I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that, and it almost wouldn’t even have to be said,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House.

The president added with apparent impatience toward the media, “So now you hear it, but you all know.”

His comments, after days of silence, came as a top House Republican announced an investigation Wednesday into how the White House allowed presidential aide Rob Porter to work with temporary security clearance while being accused of domestic violence.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly came under increasing criticism for his role in the scandal.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina sent a letter to Mr. Kelly demanding information on the White House security-clearance process and whether the rules were followed in Mr. Porter’s case.

“The committee is investigating the policies and procedures by which interim security clearances are investigated and adjudicated within the executive branch, and the extent to which any security clearance issued to Porter comported with those policies and process,” Mr. Gowdy wrote.

The probe was announced one day after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray contradicted the White House’s explanations for its handling of Mr. Porter, the former White House staff secretary who has been accused of physically and verbally abusing his two-ex wives. Mr. Porter, who denies the allegations, resigned last week.

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