“His background investigation was ongoing,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters last week after Porter resigned.
But during his testimony, Wray revealed that the department had completed a background investigation in July 2017.
“What I can tell you is that the FBI submitted a partial report on the investigation in question in March and then a completed background investigation in late July,” Wray said in the Senate hearing.
Wray’s testimony raises more questions about White House chief of staff Gen. John Kelly’s knowledge of Porter’s clearance and the domestic abuse allegations against him.
The incident has raised doubts about Kelly’s future at the White House, despite White House officials’ assertions that President Trump has no plans to replace Kelly and that Kelly has offered to resign as a result.