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The Mooch: ‘Kelly Must Resign’

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci took aim at chief of staff John Kelly over his handling of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s security clearance.

Scaramucci’s tweet follows Tuesday testimony from FBI director Christopher Wray that the FBI provided a completed background investigation into Porter in July 2017 and closed its file into the matter in January 2018. Porter resigned Feb. 7 after a pair of stories detailing his alleged abuse of his ex-wives and former girlfriend. The stories included graphic images of abuse.

The White House previously claimed that “his background investigation was ongoing. He was operating on an interim security clearance. His clearance was never denied, and he resigned,” and Kelly defended his handling of the matter Monday say he did everything right to The Wall Street Journal.

Wray conversely testified “the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March, and then a completed background investigation in late July,” adding “soon thereafter we received requests for follow-up inquiry, and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November.” He continued, “And then we administratively closed the file in January and then earlier this month we received some additional information, and we passed that on as well.”

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