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Shah held his first press briefing following the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter over domestic abuse allegations, USA media reported.

Just as troubling, in my mind, are reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly also knew that Porter was never going to receive a security clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "His pathetic defense of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility".

"A lot of us could have done better", deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters when asked about the situation-a rare statement of contrition from the Trump White House.

But as CNN reported Thursday, it was widely known by early fall of past year among top aides - Kelly included - that Porter was facing trouble obtaining security clearance and that he had allegedly abused his ex-wives. He was bombarded by questions on the White House advisor's sudden exit, the United States media reported. "It continues to determine the truth", he said.

Cummings is not alone in calling for a congressional inquiry into questions about Porter's security clearance. Priebus denied that the phone call occurred. "He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said.

Trump's senior aides knew for months about the allegations levied against Porter by his ex-wives, even as Porter's stock in the West Wing continued to rise, multiple sources have told CNN. Hicks helped draft some of the early White House responses to the allegations against Porter.

National Women's Law Center General Counsel Emily Martin said Trump's reaction to the allegations against Porter speaks to the willingness of many to believe the accused rather than the accusers.

At the court-martial, Kelly praised the colonel as a "superb Marine officer", as The New York Times reported Thursday.

She went on to say of living in an abusive relationship: 'I mentioned the shame, but it's also isolating.




McGahn declined to comment through a White House spokesman. Porter had an interim clearance, which means he can travel with the president on Air Force One and present him with classified documents. There was no action to remove Porter from the White House staff, however.

Ahead of his debut behind press briefing podium, his boss Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, described him as one of the best and the brightest in the Trump Administration.

"There was no coordination of this", she said. He also said Porter had been "terminated", before later clarifying that he had resigned.

Willoughby also shed new light on the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check into Porter while on Today, and revealed that her ex-husband knew she had said multiple damning statements.

The FBI had contacts with the ex-wives a second time, in September.

On Friday morning, Willoughby told CNN that Porter himself asked her to downplay his alleged abuse. Porter was angry, she said, that he had still not received his security clearance.

The experts say a dual personae is often seen in abusers, and makes the victim less believable when she comes forward. "At that point, I was scared, and he also wasn't supposed to be there to begin with", she said.

The media also broadcast-ed photographs of the first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, with a purplish eye purportedly from a punch given by Porter. It's unclear what he told investigators.

Porter has denied the allegations in a statement issued in the wake of his resignation. Both told DailyMail.com that Porter was verbally and physically abusive, with the abuse beginning on their honeymoons.

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