Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci took to Twitter on Tuesday to call for White House chief of staff John Kelly to resign over the controversy surrounding Rob Porter’s resignation amid domestic abuse allegations.
“Based on FBI testimony, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly almost certainly knew about credible allegations of domestic abuse against Rob Porter at least 6 months ago – then recently forced others to lie about that timeline. Inexcusable,” Scaramucci, who served in the White House for 10 days, wrote on Twitter. “Kelly must resign.”
The former White House communications director was fired by the chief of staff shortly after Kelly took over the role and about a week into Scaramucci’s stint at the White House.
Based on FBI testimony, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly almost certainly knew about credible allegations of domestic abuse against Rob Porter at least 6 months ago – then recently forced others to lie about that timeline. Inexcusable. Kelly must resign. https://t.co/ydt7dmD7xs
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) February 13, 2018
Scaramucci cited FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, which detailed that the bureau repeatedly briefed the White House on the background investigation into former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last week after news broke that he was accused of physically abusing his two ex-wives.
The White House has maintained that its staff, including Kelly, was not fully aware of the allegations against Porter until the initial news story broke last week. However, Wray testified Tuesday that the White House was given details of Porter’s background investigation as far back as March 2017.
It’s not completely clear what information was included in those background reports and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that officials hadn’t completely passed on all the information to the White House by the time Porter resigned.
“Again, that would come through the White House personnel security office, which had not completed their investigation and not passed that information to the White House,” Sanders said.
When asked if the report on Porter’s background check had any information regarding the assault claims, Sanders said she didn’t know.
“I wouldn’t have access to that information. I wouldn’t know the answer to that,” Sanders said.
The White House maintained during the Tuesday press briefing that the president still has confidence in Kelly as chief of staff.