When the committee, or individuals therein, begin to make personnel statements about individuals, a line has been crossed. Personnel matters are governed by pretty strict laws, for good reasons. The U of I administration cannot get into a public argument about personnel matters. Porter knows darn well that is the case. So, his statements cannot, and should not, be publically debated. He started it, the U of I ended it.
So much of the speculation at this point about KF independently running the show, not following through with good inclusive actions, acting in a vindictive manner, not having a plan going forward, seem to me to be based on a series of oft repeated conclusions by his confirmed critics.