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Lewandowski: White House 'Failed' in Handling Porter

Lewandowski: White House 'Failed' in Handling Porter
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By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 01:57 PM

There is no question that the White House could have handled the matter of former staff secretary Rob Porter's dismissal better, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski said Friday.

"The process they were supposed to have in place failed," Lewandowski told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer.

"The checks and balances that should have been in place failed."

Further, said Lewandowski, reports indicate several people in the White House, including chief of staff John Kelly, knew about statements and photographs from by both of Porter's former wives that he had abused them verbally, emotionally, and in the case of his first wife, physically.

"If that's the case and they didn't act, then the process and procedure that should have been in place to ensure that individuals who have access to the most classified information and weren't going to be granted that access should have been upheld," said Lewandowski.

Lewandowski said he has not spoken with Trump since last Monday, when he was at the White House.

He also wouldn't speculate if Kelly's job could be in jeopardy as a result of the scandal.

"I think the president is the only person who will make the decision," said Lewandowski. "The general is there to put in policies and processes and procedures, and in this case those didn't work and we need to find out why. And so where the buck stops I get at the end of the day is with the general.

"The processes have to be followed and there has to be a procedure. If people aren't going to qualify for a top secret security clearance they shouldn't be in the building."

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reported earlier this week that the White House was trying to blame the allegations against Porter were a "smear campaign," triggered by Lewandowski himself.

Lewandowski on Friday told Hemmer that he met Porter "I think on two occasions" but never had any type of personal relationship with him.

Porter's second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also denied his claims that she is part of a coordinated campaign to smear his reputation with allegations of spousal abuse.

"There was no coordination of this," Willoughby told NBC's "Today" show.

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President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Friday the White House could have handled the matter of former staff secretary Rob Porter's dismissal better.
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