Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

White House aide Rob Porter quits as ex-wives allege abuse

White House aide Rob Porter quits as ex-wives allege abuse

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) says hello to reporters as he and White House advisors Sebastian Gorka (from L), Omarosa Manigault, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accompany President Trump for an event in OH in July.

Shah said that chief of staff John Kelly became "fully aware" of the allegations against Porter on Wednesday and refused to go into specifics when asked if Kelly was "partially aware". "We all became aware of the news reports that emerged Wednesday morning and the graphic images". "Long hours and Fake reporting makes your job more hard", Trump wrote on Twitter. In August, Kelly was seen hanging his head as Trump equivocated about condemning neo-Nazis protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the protests. Only after Porter resigned under fire did he issue a statement late Wednesday expressing "shock" and adding "there is no place for domestic in our society". "I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition". Realization about the seriousness of the abuse allegations grew within the White House after The Intercept published an interview with a second ex-wife and a photo of what she said was a black eye inflicted by Porter.

Trump first learned of the allegations against Porter on Tuesday ahead of the first story on the domestic abuse, Shah said.

"Remember, she's the longest-serving aide" Trump has with him in the White House, said Olivia Nuzzi, who profiled Hicks for GQ magazine in 2016.

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(It's not clear whether mulligans were dispensed for each of the alleged acts of sexual harassment or abuse brought against Trump during the campaign or for Trump backing accused child-molester Roy Moore.) Surely his group has something to say about a White House aide whose two ex-wives have presented compelling accounts (in one case a photograph of her battered eye) and who reportedly failed to get a full security clearance.

By the end of the day Wednesday, as the scandal deepened, sources said Porter would be gone as soon as Thursday.

Porter has denied the charges. "But that doesn't change how serious and disturbing these allegations are".

Kelly has been the target of some Trump loyalists, both inside and outside the administration, who have taken issue with his moves to control access the president.

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Shah explained to reporters Thursday that Porter went through a common "background investigation process" that all potential USA government officials go through. When you're a chief of staff, you spend a lot of time with this president. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has repeatedly said the administration's position on the women's claims are that they are lying.

DailyMail.com first published a photo of one ex-wife's bruised face. The claims come via Colbie Holderness (who married Porter in 2003) and Jennifer Willoughby (who married him in 2009). Holderness told the Daily Mail she shared photos of her injuries with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Daily Mail has recently delved into Porter's personal life, reporting last week - complete with paparazzi-style photos - that he was in a romantic relationship with another of Trump's most senior aides, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

Porter's name was not mentioned during Fox News' prime-time lineup, which is stacked with pro-Trump commentators like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.

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