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GOP Congresswoman: If Porter Committed a Crime, 'Why Wasn't He Prosecuted?'

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By    |   Friday, 16 February 2018 05:50 PM

A Republican congresswoman on Friday cast doubt on the allegations against former White House staffer Rob Porter, asking in an interview, "Did this guy commit a crime yet?"

"Obviously the issue of sexual assault or any of those things, anything like that is very serious," Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y. said in a local radio interview in upstate New York, according to The Daily Beast. "But we're also getting into the minutiae of what's going on with the White House, there are so many things happening with this White House, people coming and going, and new people."

She added that since so many members of the Republican Party opposed President Donald Trump since he began his election, many potential staffers refused to work in his White House.

"When you don't have anyone supporting that's part of the structure, you've got to find people that aren't the best, and you find that out later because you literally just need someone to do the job," she said.

"I'm not apologizing for them, but I do think, getting into this, is this the most critical part of running the most important government in the world where we have huge issues, and we have huge national security interests? I just find that we're going to get into the minutiae of the timeline and whether they looked at it. I haven't seen this yet.

 "Did this guy commit a crime yet? Has anyone prosecuted him for his alleged abuse against the past wives?"

At one point she asked, "Why wasn't he prosecuted before if these things were happening?

"I'm not saying he's innocent, but I'm saying we don't know, he could be the worst guy in the world, but now we're getting into prosecution as far as I know, I guess there was an issue about, maybe the FBI knew about it, but really is this what we're talking about at this point? Once they found out about it, they let the guy go," the congresswoman added. "Why are we still talking about it?"

Tenney was then told that the FBI asked Porter's ex-wife if he could be blackmailed.

"Right, except blackmail and domestic situations don't really line up, they're not crimes of character," she said. "They're [crimes of] character but they're not dishonesty — know this. To me ... just because somebody has been accused of these things, and even if they're true, that doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be dishonest and commit blackmail. I don't think it was a great hire if these are true, but again, are these true?"

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A Republican congresswoman on Friday cast doubt on the allegations against former White House staffer Rob Porter, asking in an interview, "Did this guy commit a crime yet?""Obviously the issue of sexual assault or any of those things, anything like that is very serious,"...
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