Rep Maloney calls for full investigation of White House aide Rob Porter

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The Trump administration is remaining on the defensive amid calls for a full investigation after former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last week.

Rep. Sean Maloney says the country needs to know when the White House learned about the allegations of domestic violence against Porter, and why the former aide was allowed to work without a permanent security clearance.

Since early last week, the accusations that Porter battered two ex-wives has rocked the White House, with media outlets revealing that he may have had access to the same classified information as the president and did not have security clearance.

There are now calls for Chief of Staff John Kelly, who allegedly knew about Porter's problems, to be investigated as well.

The loudest among those calls is Rep. Sean Maloney, who held the same position as Porter under former President Bill Clinton.

On Sunday, Maloney appeared on ABC News' “This Week,” topping off a past few frenzied days of major media interviews.

Maloney spoke with News 12 about why he says the Porter problem affects everyone, including his constituents in the Hudson Valley.

“On the secretary's desk are a stack of folders with our nation's biggest secrets. If you have someone in that job who can be so easily blackmailed, that's a problem,” he says.

That's why Maloney says he wants the Porter investigation to include a review of Chief of Staff Kelly.

Maloney also told News 12 that he thinks it's outrageous that Porter was allowed to do his job without a security clearance. He says he believes the White House had no intention of ever getting Porter security clearance because they knew he wouldn't pass the check.

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