In a Monday editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., seemed to break at least slightly with the White House over former staff secretary Rob Porter's employment. Porter resigned last week amid allegations of domestic abuse detailed by two ex-wives, though questions remain regarding who in the White House knew of the claims and at what time.
Asked if he would have handled the situation differently had Porter worked in his own office, Cassidy first replied, "I'm told — and I've learned to say what I'm told not what I know — that there would have been a complete FBI vetting and that the FBI would have informed somebody of these accusations by former wives."
"If somebody beats up his wife," Cassidy continued, "that somebody — unless they've gone through, maybe they were a drunk and now they've gone through [Alcoholic Anonymous], maybe there's extenuating circumstances, because we all live under grace and we know we've done things that are wrong. But if there were no extenuating circumstances, he would not work for me."
"Not that I'm saying the guy shouldn't be able to work, but it probably is insight into a deeper problem," said the senator, who added, "on the other hand, we're all sinners and fall short of the glory of God, but when you're in the White House there's also a certain amount of scrutiny you know you're going to get, so it just seems wiser not to open yourself up to that one."