Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski blasted the White House over the handling of the Rob Porter scandal on Friday, telling Fox News that "the process they were supposed to have in place failed." Porter, the former staff secretary, resigned this week after being credibly accused of abuse by his two ex-wives. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been at the heart of the storm after it was reported he knew Porter was going to be denied full security clearance but did not immediately fire him.
"The public reports now say that multiple people in the building were made aware of this over the course of the last few months," Lewandowski went on. On the topic of Kelly, he added: "The general is there to put in policies and processes and procedures, and in this case those didn't work and we need to find out why."
The White House rallied support for Porter by arguing the allegations were part of a "smear campaign" led by, among other people, Lewandowski himself. Although Lewandowski denies the reports, The Daily Beast writes that he once "agitated for Porter's ouster."
Lewandowski knows a thing or two about scandals, having been at the center of one himself. He was booked with a misdemeanor charge for battery after an incident with a Breitbart reporter in 2016, although the state ultimately decided against prosecuting him. Watch his unexpected bashing of the White House below. Jeva Lange
COREY LEWANDOWSKI criticizes White House's handling of Rob Porter scandal:
"The process they were supposed to have in place failed... The public reports now say that multiple people in the building were made aware of this over the course of the last few months." pic.twitter.com/NXgN0UpNMi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 9, 2018