According to an email obtained by Politico, however, the discreet directive did permit staffers who had already been granted interim security clearances - such as former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last week amid allegations of domestic abuse - to continue holding them.
It took a while for oversight committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to acknowledge it.
Ryan was asked Wednesday about whether the White House should condemn domestic violence, which President Donald Trump has refused to do in the wake of allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.More news: Winter Olympics: Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka in scary crash during halfpipe final
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the government's vetting of its employees is broken if an accused wife beater is allowed to assume a high-level presidential job.
"You can call it official". I don't know exactly how they'll do that. There's a breakdown in the vetting system and that breakdown needs to be addressed.
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday told lawmakers the agency completed its background check on Porter in July, contradicting the White House's earlier assertion that investigations into Porter had not yet been completed. "When you have the head of the FBI saying we told you three times in 2017 and once more in 2018 for good measure, then I think the really fair questions are what were you told, by whom were you told it, did you have some reason to question what the bureau told you, and if none of that is true, why did you keep him on?"More news: Six US intelligence agencies warn against using Huawei phones
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the committee had requested information about how Porter's employment and clearance were handled.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, pressed by reporters at Tuesday's briefing about Wray's latest account of the timelinne, explained that the White House personnel security office got information past year for what they considered the final background investigation report.
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