Baier on Rob Porter Controversy: 'The Long Knives Are Out for John Kelly'
Bret Baier said the long knives are out for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly amid the controversy over former top White House staffer Rob Porter.
Porter, who served as staff secretary, resigned last week after allegations of domestic violence surfaced from his two ex-wives.
The White House -- including Kelly in particular -- has been dogged by questions about when the allegations against Porter were known. More questions were raised on Tuesday when FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the White House's timeline on Porter's background check, leading some to call for Kelly's resignation.
JUST IN: White House official says, "Wray’s FBI timeline makes one thing clear: the Kelly coverup is unraveling right before our eyes." https://t.co/D5vU84TNSh
— Axios (@axios) February 13, 2018
Based on FBI testimony, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly almost certainly knew about credible allegations of domestic abuse against Rob Porter at least 6 months ago - then recently forced others to lie about that timeline. Inexcusable. Kelly must resign. https://t.co/ydt7dmD7xs
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) February 13, 2018
"It seems and smells like a pretty coordinated attack. The long knives are out for John Kelly," Baier said on "The Daily Briefing."
The "Special Report" anchor said this is a major problem for the Trump administration, particularly the communications team, as the questions linger about when the White House learned about the abuse allegations.
He noted that Porter was reportedly up for a promotion to deputy White House chief of staff, which also factors into the murky timeline of events.
With the Porter story entering its seventh day in the headlines, Baier said President Trump could help move the news cycle along by giving a public statement condemning domestic violence in all of its forms, calling for a more efficient security clearance process and voicing his support -- or lack thereof -- for Kelly.
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