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FBI director reveals the White House has been blatantly lying about the domestic abuse scandal

During congressional testimony on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented a timeline of when the White House was informed about red flags in Rob Porter’s background check process that conflicts with the talking points Trump officials have been using over the past week.

“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. “Soon thereafter we received requests for follow-up inquiry, and we did the follow-up and provided that information in November, and then we administratively closed the file in January, and then earlier this month we received some additional information and we passed that on as well.”

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and deputy press secretary Raj Shah have repeatedly insisted that the background check process into Porter was ongoing when media reports surfaced of alleged physical and emotional abuse he had inflicted on both of his ex-wives.

“His background investigation was ongoing,” Shah said last Thursday. “He was operating on an interim security clearance. His clearance was never denied, and he resigned.”

During a press briefing on Monday, Sanders said “the background was ongoing.” During a Fox & Friends interview Tuesday morning, Shah said “what we know about Rob Porter specifically, and that’s the incident that everybody is talking about, is that his background check investigation had not been completed yet. It was still in the investigative process and it had yet to be adjudicated. Prior to an adjudication the White House is not going to step into the middle of the process and short-circuit it.”

Wray’s testimony indicates Sanders and Shah have been lying — the White House officials let a potential blackmail target serve in a sensitive role handling classified documents even after they were informed that he would be unable to get a security clearance due to the abuse allegations against him.

Republican senator blasts White House’s dishonesty on domestic abuse scandal

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said there’s no justification for the White House’s handling of abuse accusations against former top aide Rob Porter.

During an interview on CNN, Ernst was asked specifically about a new Politico report indicating the White House’s initial response to a photograph showing one of Porter’s ex-wives with a black eye was to convene a meeting with reporters where Porter shared his side of the story.

“I think you can’t justify it,” Ernst said, “You can’t justify that.”

According to Politico, “In the hours immediately after the Daily Mail published a photograph of Porter’s first ex-wife with a black eye, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hastily arranged an off-the-record meeting in the West Wing with Porter and four reporters: the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, Axios’ Jonathan Swan, and the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender. In that meeting, which hasn’t previously been reported, Porter relayed his version of events and fielded questions from the group.”

Politico’s reporting is at tension with the White House’s talking point about how the photograph provided the impetus for officials to quickly to terminate Porter, including comments Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made during Monday’s news briefing.

Ernst criticizes Trump

Despite the photographic evidence and accounts of verbal and physical abuse from both of Porter’s ex-wives, it’s not clear whether President Trump believes the accusations against Porter.

On Friday, Trump praised Porter, ignored his alleged victims, and said “we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him.” The next day, Trump — has denied each of the 14 sexual assault allegations against him — lamented on Twitter that “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”

During the CNN interview, Ernst indicated she’s unsatisfied with Trump’s response to the Porter accusations, and said she thinks “he needs to send a stronger message.”

“We need to allow women and men that have been abused to come out, make sure their stories are heard and believed,” she said.

While White House officials refuse to say if Trump even believes Porter’s accusers, Ernst said she does.

“I do believe the women, yes I do,” she said.

A Top Oxfam Executive Has Resigned Over The Charity's Prostitution Scandal

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Oxfam's deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence has resigned following revelations of a sex scandal involving the charity's staff in Haiti and Chad.

Lawrence said she took “full responsibility” for the behaviour of staff at the international aid charity and that she was “deeply sad” about her decision to resign.

“Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon,” Lawrence said.

“It is now clear that these allegations – involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the country director and members of his team in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti.”

Lawrence, who was programme director at the time, said she was “ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility”.

“I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam’s supporters, the wider development sector, and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us,” she continued.

“It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organisation that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world.”

The resignation follows an investigation by the Times that alleged Oxfam covered up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers in 2011.

The paper reported three men were allowed to resign and four were sacked for gross misconduct after an inquiry into sexual exploitation, the downloading of pornography, bullying, and intimidation.

Oxfam denies a cover-up: Officials from the charity met with the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, today to try to prevent government funding from being cut.

This morning, Michelle Russell, director of investigations at the Charity Commission, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme officials had been “assured” Oxfam had investigated the matter “fully”, but that, in fact, the watchdog had not been aware of all the details.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam, said he “deeply respect[s]” Lawrence's decision to take personal responsibility for the scandal and step down.

“Like us, she is appalled at what happened and is determined to do what is best for Oxfam and the people we exist to help,” Goldring said.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for the years of dedicated service that Penny has given to Oxfam and the fight against poverty around the world.”

Trump Just Made The Rob Porter Scandal Worse By Defending The Wife Beater On National TV

While speaking from the White House, Trump said that Rob Porter is very sad that he was fired for beating his ex-wives and the President Of The United States made it clear that he thinks Porter is innocent and the women are lying. Video: Trump wishes wife beater Rob Porter well and makes it clear […]

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House Republicans Are Now Demanding An Investigation Of Obama In The Russia Scandal

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demanded that President Obama is investigated in the Russia scandal because he is the one who was behind the conspiracy to get Donald Trump. Video: After putting up a cherry-picked text from FBI agents in classic Fox News fashion, Steve Doocy asked Gohmert, “What does that mean to you?” Gohmert answered, […]

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Oprah Reveals Reese Witherspoon Showed Signs of PTSD After Harvey Weinstein Scandal Broke

Oprah Winfrey opened up about how Reese Witherspoon first felt when news of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke in October.

At the time, the A Wrinkle in Time costars were filming together when the pair had a conversation about Weinstein with a group of women.

“This was like two days after the Harvey scandal had broken in The New York Times,” Winfrey told actress Salma Hayek during a special live taping of the podcast, SuperSoul Conversations, on Wednesday as reported by Entertainment Tonight.

“Everyone, including Reese – I’ve said this to her – was acting like, I was seeing some of the girls at my school behave, who were suffering from PTSD. Everybody was acting like they were afraid and they were having the conversation,” Winfrey remembered.

“And I remember Reese saying, ‘Oh god, this is just so upsetting. And someone mentions his name, I start tearing up. And every time I hear someone else speak, it just causes me to be upset and I haven’t slept in two days,’ ” Winfrey said. “So I said, ‘Jeez, you guys are suffering from PTSD. Did something happen to you?’ Nobody said anything at the time.”

Later that same month, during an emotional speech at the Elle Women in Hollywood event, Witherspoon revealed she was just 16 when she was sexually assaulted by a director.

Witherspoon’s comments came after dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct — including Cara DelevingneAshley Judd, and Angelina Jolie. In addition, over 50 women came forward to The New York Times and The New Yorker to expose the decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Weinstein.

WATCH: Women of Hollywood in Support of the Time’s Up Movement

In a statement to PEOPLE, Weinstein’s attorneys, Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman, said: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

On Jan. 1, Witherspoon, along with Shonda RhimesEva Longoria and more, took action against sexual harassment in Hollywood by launching the Time’s Up movement, and has since raised over $20 million for a legal defense fund.

And most recently, during a separate Super Soul Sunday talk, Witherspoon told Winfrey that making the decision to leave an abusive relationship was the most important one she made to fulfill her destiny, recalling how the abuse was “psychological, verbal.”

Winfrey’s special will air on OWN Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m.

A Wrinkle in Time opens in theaters March 9.