White House Aide Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

08 February, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Rob Porter Resigns After Ex Wife Accuses Him of Beating Her

White House staff secretary Rob Porter has resigned following allegations of abuse from his two ex-wives.

The White House, however, has continued to support Porter even after the announcement of his resignation.

"My commitment to public service speaks for itself", Mr Porter said. "I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect", added Porter, who joined the administration at its start in January 2017.

Another former Obama administration official, Matthew Miller, who served as Justice Department spokesman, also raised concerns on Wednesday over the fact that the White House retained Porter, despite being told about the abuse allegations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

Mr Porter rejected the allegations in a statement read by the White House press secretary on Wednesday.

Porter is reportedly dating White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

Porter just resigned after being accused by both of his ex-wives of domestic abuse.

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"As has always been our policy, we do not comment on security clearances". Trump restored the job as an "assistant to the president".

Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, told the Daily Mail that he was "verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and that is why I left". According to the Daily Mail, the two Mormons met at church in 2000. And his violent behavior grew in intensity.

"It was not hard enough for me to pass out but it was scary, humiliating and dehumanizing", Holderness told the Daily Mail.

She also confirmed a blog post she wrote past year that detailed her abusive relationship without naming Porter.

His abuse started on their honeymoon, she said. Holderness alleges that Porter kicked, choked, and punched her over the course of their marriage.

Porter is not well known publicly but is often seen on travels with the president outside Washington and in White House meetings. Kelly was aware of a 2010 protective order Willoughby obtained against Porter and the order kept Porter from obtaining a full security clearance, a senior administration official told Politico.

Rob Porter was a squeaky-clean aide who made sure that papers landing on the president's desk were in order. He would not leave for over 30 minutes claiming he lost his keys. I would not recommend anyone to date him or marry him.

"He only punched me once, in the eye", [first wife Colbie] Holderness said. I asked him several times to leave with his things but he did not until I picked up the phone to call our clergy member. He came to the door asking me to let him in to take him to get medical attention.

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It remains unclear when he will officially depart the White House.

Porter has denied the allegations, saying today in a statement that the new Daily Mail reports amount to a "coordinated smear campaign".

'He is a friend, a confidante [sic] and a trusted professional. "Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is leading the charge to save him".

"I have worked directly with Rob Porter almost every day for the past year and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character", the Daily Mail quoted Sanders as saying. For months, Porter kept a low profile in a White House filled with outsized personalities.

Later, Hatch "issued a remarkably different response".

'In every interaction I've had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful.

"My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor".

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable".

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Also issuing a statement supporting Porter was the office of Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.

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