White House reportedly ignored allegations of aide's domestic abuse

Trump Aide Rob Porter Resigns After Reports Alleging Abuse

The revelations were followed by those of Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, who came forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse.

Porter has called the accusations "outrageous" and "simply false". He said the photos were taken almost 15 years ago, and that the "reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described".

"My commitment to public service speaks for itself", Porter said.

Kelly's decision to go to bat for Porter deeply frustrated White House staffers, sources told me.

A Belmont native, Harvard graduate, Rhodes scholar, and former Senate aide, Porter, 40, was widely considered a rising star by his colleagues and was an ally of John F. Kelly, the chief of staff, and a steady force in a West Wing populated by aides vying for face time with - and influence over - the president. He was tasked with vetting and filtering what reaches Trump's desk.

"I encouraged him to keep a stiff upper lip and work out his problems", Hatch told reporters, according to CBS News. Some of the people marching alongside Nazis in and the Klan Charlottesville were very fine people, President Trump said, as he drew a line of moral equivalence of those who protested days after one of those Nazis drove purposefully into a crowd and killed Heather Heyer.

"Background checks involve a complex investigation run by intelligence and law enforcement agencies".

A senior White House aide told Politico that Kelly knew about the protective order, which prevented Porter from receiving a full security clearance.

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, publicly praised Porter after the abuse allegations emerged and reportedly kept him on even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation denied the staffer a security clearance. "Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable". "If there was to be a staff secretary in the Trump administration I hope to God it is Rob".

"I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition".




White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier in the day did not specify when Porter would be exiting the White House.

Many contrasted Kelly's effusive praise for Porter with his recent disparaging comment that some Dreamers were "too lazy to get off their asses". "The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance". He worked for Senators Mike Lee, Rob Portman, and Orrin Hatch before winding up in the White House.

"Up until then, he had always done it in a way that didn't leave marks", Holderness said.

The White House had backed Porter until a photo showing Holderness with a black eye was published. "And the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described".

She says the abuse began after they were married in England in 2003.

"It was a really odd thing that he did".

"He graduated to choking me", she said.

Porter blamed Holderness for his abuse of his second, according to Willoughby.

Two of ex-wives claim he was verbally and physically abusive during their relationships, and have supported their claims with alleged photographic evidence of their injuries.

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