FBI director contradicts White House on Porter investigation

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House’s account of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s background investigation, revealing the bureau had finished its report long before Porter was fired over allegations of domestic abuse.

Wray told the Senate intelligence committee that the FBI had completed a partial report on Porter in March, finished its full report in late July, responded to a White House request for follow-up information in November, and closed the file in January.

“We administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well,” Wray said, refusing to disclose the conversations between the White House and the FBI on Porter.