Rob Porter: John Kelly 'shocked' by Trump aide abuse claims

Donald Trump aide Rob Porter resigns after reports on alleged domestic abuse

Surely, he is appalled by chief of staff John Kelly's decision to keep the aide on, despite knowledge of the security clearance problem, praise him and then pronounce himself shocked by the allegations.

Trump didn't mention Porter when he gathered with lawmakers, members of the military and former Vice President Dick Cheney at the White House on Tuesday evening to watch the movie "12 Strong".

Later during the interview, Thornberry said he hadn't invested much thought in the White House abuse scandal because "if you are a soldier on a mountaintop in Afghanistan right now, or standing near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, you are not concerned about the to-ing an fro-ing of all of this politics".

The protective order reportedly prevented Porter from getting a full security clearance, Politico reports, relying on an anonymous source.

Jennie Willoughby, who was married to Porter from 2009-2013, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that Porter asked her two weeks ago to take down a past blog post about her marriage troubles that he said did not accurately depict their relationship.

"He believed that that was holding up his clearance", Willoughby said.

"I do not know the details of Rob's personal life".

"Clearly, WH Chief of Staff John Kelly knew about Rob Porter's history of abuse directly from Federal Bureau of Investigation and chose to ignore it", Jayapal tweeted Thursday morning. It means, according to Shah, that Kelly "had not seen images" - as in these images of Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, who says he punched her in the face during a vacation in Italy in 2005. If they're not, I'll come back and apologize.

Earlier in the day, Trump addressed the 66th Annual Prayer Breakfast, in Washington, telling the gathering of more than 3,800 elected officials and religious leaders on hand: "America is a nation of believers and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer". I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago.




"I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign", he said.

"He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional", he continued. "I am proud to serve alongside him", Kelly added.

Porter's former boss, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, before joining the Trump administration.

Shah said when the allegations about domestic abuse were made to the FBI, Porter was working at the White House under an interim security clearance while his background check was being completed.

"There is no place for domestic violence in our society", he said in a statement released on Wednesday night.

It is noteworthy that, according to the Partnership for Public Service, the administration has not nominated anyone as the Justice Department's director for the office of violence against women. Porter said in a statement.

"Rob is in fact charming and intelligent and diligent and extremely good at his job", Willoughby said.

Here's how the White House responded to the Rob Porter scandal Thursday.

After White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned yesterday (Feb. 7) following reports of domestic abuse accusations, an old Reuters photo of White House personnel reminds us how suddenly those in Donald Trump's close orbit can leave it. But that previous transition plan is no longer the case, the official said.

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