As the Rob Porter scandal continues to metastasize — with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) just announcing that his oversight committee has officially launched an investigation into the matter — many have wondered why President Donald Trump hasn’t issued a full-throated condemnation of his former White House aide, instead wishing him well and saying that he’ll have a “great career ahead of him.”
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.”
Ryan, who never met a word he didn’t mince, was unusually candid in his response, though did not respond to the president by name.
“Come on, clearly we should all be condemning domestic violence and if a person who commits domestic violence gets into government then there is a breakdown in the system,” he said. “There is a breakdown in the vetting system and that breakdown needs to be addressed.”
The House Speaker did seem tongue-tied at one point, almost suggesting that he didn’t know what Trump had said about Porter, though that is common knowledge, and then switching tacts mid-sentence to refer, instead, to Porter’s alleged actions.
The former White House aide has been accused of spousal abuse by two of his ex-wives.
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