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'Fox & Friends' host slams WH for Porter hire: 'You got burned'

"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade slammed the White House Tuesday for hiring a "two-time accused domestic abuser," telling deputy press secretary Raj Shah that the administration "got burned" as the story about domestic violence allegations against former senior aide Rob Porter stretched into its sixth day.
 
"What is going on behind the scenes in terms of FBI background checks that might change the staff this week?” Kilmeade asked Shah during an interview on the morning program. 

“Well, again, the FBI background check process is one that, again, the FBI runs and we are a part of it. It is operated throughout the federal government," Shah replied. "It goes across agencies. It has been used from previous administrations, and will be used in future administrations. If any changes need to be made, we’ll look at that, but, you know, this is a process that we trust.”

“Raj, did you change anything?" Kilmeade said. "You relied upon it and you got burned because you had a two-time accused domestic abuser there at a very sensitive position where perhaps he shouldn’t have been had that been fully exposed. So what changes now?”

“I appreciate that point. But we also need to look at the process and how it’s worked on historically," Shah said. "If changes need to be made, we will look at that and review the processes. But right now we do trust the process. It has been used time and again for decades to protect our national security. We trust the FBI in these processes.”

"Raj, there is story out that somebody at the FBI told somebody at the White House back in November that this guy was a problem. Do you know who that person might be?” co-host Steve Doocy asked. 

“That is not accurate," Shah said. "The FBI would not give a background check investigation directly to senior White House officials. It goes to a security office where then it is relayed, maybe, up the chain, maybe not." 

"But what we know about Rob Porter specifically, and that is the incident that everybody is talking about, is that his background check investigation had not been completed yet," he continued. 

"It was still in the investigative process and had yet to be adjudicated. So prior to an adjudication, the White House is not going to step into the middle of a process and short-circuit it. These investigations are complex. They’re lengthy for a reason. We need to get it right.”

Porter left the White House Wednesday amid abuse allegations by both of his ex-wives, but maintains he his innocent of the charges. The allegations surfaced during Porter's FBI background check. 

All White House employees must complete a comprehensive application that includes detailing past behavior, activities and personal contacts.
 
The bureau uses the information provided as part of a background check, and informed the administration about the allegations made against Porter upon speaking with his former wives.

Former White House speechwriter David Sorenson also resigned Friday after his own domestic abuse allegation surfaced. Sorenson denies the claims.