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    FBI, White House Spar Over Fired Aide’s Clearance

    The story’s not straight. Administration officials had said top aide Rob Porter’s security clearance background check wasn’t completed when he resigned over allegations that he’d abused his ex-wives. But FBI officials claim the probe was completed in July, and the White House now says it was delayed in the personnel office. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s lawyer said a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels over an alleged affair with the president came from his own pocket rather than the Trump Organization, noting, “I will always protect Mr. Trump.”

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