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The White House explanation of how allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide failed to significantly affect his security clearance evolved again Tuesday as it shifted blame to an internal personnel security office.

The move came hours after the head of the FBI appeared to publicly contradict the administration’s previous defense.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the “White House personnel security office” — the administration’s first reference to that office — did not fully pass FBI reports about those allegations to top West Wing aides because staffers had not yet made a final recommendation on Porter’s security clearance.

Earlier this week, the White House had said they had failed to act on the allegations because the FBI’s background investigation into Porter, the former White House staff secretary, had still been ongoing.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday morning that the bureau had alerted the White House to the information on multiple occasions, and closed their file on Porter last month. Read more

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The White House explanation of how allegations of domestic abuse against a top aide failed to significantly affect his security clearance evolved again Tuesday as it shifted blame to an internal personnel security office.

The move came hours after the head of the FBI appeared to publicly contradict the administration’s previous defense.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the “White House personnel security office” — the administration’s first reference to that office — did not fully pass FBI reports about those allegations to top West Wing aides because staffers had not yet made a final recommendation on Porter’s security clearance.

Earlier this week, the White House had said they had failed to act on the allegations because the FBI’s background investigation into Porter, the former White House staff secretary, had still been ongoing.