"The American people deserve a White House staff that clearly meets the highest standards and that has been carefully vetted - especially those who work closely with the president or handle sensitive national security information", the memo, which is addressed to White House counsel Don McGahn, National Security Adviser HR McMaster, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joseph Hagin.
Brought onto the White House staff as a stabilizer, Kelly said some changes had already been put in place. Porter, who resigned last week, remained as staff secretary, with access to highly classified material, months after the claims of emotional and physical abuse by his two ex-wives were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Porter's background check was still in progress and would not be finalized until the White House Personnel Security Office signed off.
The memo said the FBI and Justice Department had offered increased cooperation and, going forward, all background investigations of top officers "should be flagged for the FBI at the outset and then hand-delivered to the White House Counsel personally upon completion".
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but press secretary Sarah Sanders has repeatedly argued that the Trump team has used the same processes as previous administrations. "But recent events have exposed some remaining shortcomings".
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The memo represented the White House's latest effort to move past the Porter scandal, following a week during which White House spokespeople repeatedly contradicted themselves and pointed fingers at the Personnel Security Office, which is staffed by career officials. He has access to the president's daily brief, a daily digest of intelligence updates, and according to one person with knowledge of the situation issues more requests for information to the intelligence community than any White House employee apart from the National Security Counsel staff.
Procedures for granting interim top-secret clearances will also be changed, according to the memo.
Experts told the Post that Kushner is a security clearance unicorn, in that it is rare to see someone with his background have temporary access for such a lengthy time.
To, one week from Friday, discontinue all top secret interim clearances for anyone whose investigation or adjudication process has been underway since June or earlier.
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But in a statement to Agence France-Presse, his lawyer said "no concerns" had been raised about Kushner's ongoing clearance application.
He added, "The new policy announced by General Kelly will not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the President". Porter's ex-wives provided photographs of injuries they say they received during the alleged abuse.
In his memo, Kelly noted that others, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have said the security clearance process "is broken" across the government and needs to be overhauled. "Kelly revealed, "...we need to do better across the board...in the past, credible and substantiated reports of past domestic abuse - even physical abuse - were not considered automatic disqualification for suitability for employment or a security clearance". National Economic Council official George David Banks, who had served since February 2017, resigned this week after being informed he wouldn't receive a permanent security clearance.
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