I think intelligence chief Dan Coats has it right; there is a serious issue with security clearances if Rob Porter was allowed to work his job without a clearance, which appears to be the case. He was allowed to control the flow of information to President Trump's desk without a clearance for a year....why? As someone might say, this is Yuge.
Moreover, let's dispense with the issue of whether the allegations are true for a moment and ask a simple question; should we expect to find something "interesting" about a twice-divorced Mormon only 40 years old, and whose marriages lasted two and four years, respectively? The Mormon faith is not mine, but I do know that they do take a dim view of divorce. Porter clearly has made a stench of his personal life despite a resume that screams "marry me!" in that culture.
It also occurs to me that most standard background checks, and I would guess the Brady check for buying a gun, would have found the restraining order against Porter. The FBI may be too preoccupied with ignoring crimes by Hilliary Clinton and Lois Lerner to get background checks done quickly, but there are ways of getting around this. It simply takes some thinking.
Open thread - Suddenly it's busy again. Ran out of time. Fill the space as you deem appropriate.
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