CNN's Begala: Replace Kelly and McGahn with 'strong women'

CNN's Begala: Replace Kelly and McGahn with 'strong women'
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CNN contributor Paul Begala said Wednesday that the president should fire chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and White House counsel Don McGahn and "replace them with strong women."

The commentary from the former "Crossfire" host and onetime counselor to former President Clinton comes as Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-S.C.), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, sent a letter to Kelly to press him on how former White House aide Rob Porter was permitted to work with an interim security clearance amid allegations of domestic abuse against him by his two ex-wives.

"The president has great capacity here, he can do a lot to get on the right side of the issue," Begala told CNN anchor John Berman. "First, hold people accountable, which means Gen. Kelly, fire him. Maybe [fire] Don McGahn, the White House counsel." 

"But then, replace them with strong women," he continued. "There are staff positions [in Trump's administration] never filled, there's an office in the White House on violence against women, he's never filled it. There’s an office in the State Department, ambassador at-large for women’s issues, he's never filled it. There's an office in the Justice Department on violence against women, he's never filled it." 

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"You have a press event with five new women you’re bringing on to your team," Begala concluded. "You have completely changed the discussion and he needs to get out in front of this with actions, not just communications."

Gowdy's letter to Kelly demanded that the former four-star general provide information on the process surrounding security clearances. 

Kelly was asked to respond no later than Feb. 28

Porter left the White House one week ago amid abuse allegations by both of his ex-wives, but says he is innocent of the charges. 
The allegations surfaced during Porter's FBI background check, which all White House employees are required to complete. The check details past behavior, activities and personal contacts.
 
The head of the bureau said it informed the administration about the allegations made against Porter upon speaking with his ex-wives.