“Those weasel words she was using were sure getting a workout in both her presentation and deputy press secretary Raj Shah’s,” Shaub explained on CNN’s “New Day.”
“They’re entitled to zero benefit of the doubt when they won’t share details, because … it’s not that they can’t, it’s that they won’t,” he continued.
Porter stepped down last week after allegations of abuse shot into the spotlight which claimed that he had physically and emotionally assaulted two ex-wives. Photos also began showing up of one of his accusers with a black eye that she claims was a result of Porter’s abuse.
Shaub’s remarks come in the aftermath of a press briefing this Monday in which Sanders refused to talk about what exactly White House officials knew about the allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter before he stepped down last week.
The White House has struggled to the contain the fallout from Porter’s dismissal, especially after media reports suggested that senior officials, including chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn, were aware of the allegations months before the resignation.
Questions have since been brought up about how Porter was able to serve for more than a year in a position that had him handling classified material despite not being able to obtain a full security clearance.
Shaub, a vocal critic of the president, stepped down from his post as director of the Office of Government Ethics in July. During his tenure in that post, he often clashed with the Trump administration over conflicts of interest.
Ex-White House ethics chief Walter Shaub says Sarah Sanders’ explanation of how much the administration knew about Rob Porter’s abuse allegations and when they knew it is “weasel words.” pic.twitter.com/Ql7nInwlnQ
— New Day (@NewDay) February 13, 2018
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