Donald Trump's chief of staff acknowledges mistakes in the handling of abuse allegations against a top aide but puts the onus on the FBI and the Justice Department to provide more timely updates on background checks.
Trump's words after the Rob Porter resignation serve as a high-profile illustration of the obstacles many women face in speaking out about their experiences.
Questions are swirling about the White House chief of staff's defense of an aide he fought to keep in a sensitive West Wing job after the official was accused of abuse by two ex-wives.
Last June, Donald Trump reportedly ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. If true, the order was illegal.
"... the president would be best served by never discussing the investigation ... except in private conversations with his attorney," says Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
The New York Times alleges that the president backed off in June after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign rather than convey the order to the Justice Department.
The president says he's willing to be questioned by the investigator about alleged Russian election interference. However, he leaves himself some wiggle room.
The attorney general is the highest-ranking Trump administration official and first Cabinet member known to have submitted to questioning.
Even the best defense attorneys may not be able to save the president from himself. (Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump's longtime attorney, is pictured.)
The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats.