Speaker Paul Ryan faced that very question from a press pool this morning, with NBC News' Kasie Hunt noting the president has spoken warmly about Porter, while ignoring the aide's accusers - before asking the Wisconsin Republican if he thinks that the "White House should publicly condemn domestic violence".
"They clearly have work to do to fix their vetting system", he added.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified Tuesday that the White House got four separate notifications about Rob Porter.
Wray is declining to elaborate on what information was passed on to the White House. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, and Mike McCaul, R-Texas.
The Trump administration's intelligence chief says the government's background checks system is "broken" and must be completely overhauled.
"This place works better with deadlines", he said. "What means something to me is I'm going to direct questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that I expect them to answer", Gowdy said on CNN.
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. But when asked if she was concerned for top White House aide Hope Hicks, who reportedly was dating Porter, Conway said no because "I've rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts".
"The committee is investigating the policies and procedures by which interim security clearances are investigated and adjudicated within the executive branch, and the extent to which any security clearance issued to Porter comported with those policies and process", Gowdy wrote to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Porter's boss. He called for limits on the information made accessible to those with temporary clearances - a practice that is now not followed in the West Wing, an official said. Fox News is told, however, that Kelly is not being pushed out.
A senior administration official said as many as two dozen senior officials don't hold permanent clearances. An update to Ivanka Trump's financial disclosure report reveals that she and her husband, Jared Kushner, have taken on millions of dollars in additional debt over the past year, Politico reported Tuesday.
'What did you know, from whom did you hear it?' Gowdy said. "I beg to differ".
Jennifer Willoughby, the ex-wife of Porter..
The White House approach has drawn criticism even from Trump's own party. "You can't justify that".