White House Aide Resigns After Ex-Wives Claim Domestic Abuse

Frederick Owens
February 8, 2018

"I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter", Kelly said in that statement.

Have a look at the evidence.

"These outrageous allegations are simply false", Porter said in a statement.

Trump himself first learned of the allegations this week, two sources familiar with the matter said. In every interaction I've had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful. "I don't know if that was conscious or not".

"He was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and that is why I left", Colbie Holderness, his first wife, said in an interview with the DailyMail.com.

Theory two: He abused both of them. It was during a vacation in Florence in 2005. "I am proud to serve alongside him", Kelly said Tuesday night, hours before pictures appeared that included one of his ex-wife's blackened eye. "If I could find more people like him I would hire them, I think that's how good he is. I didn't go the police because I was scared, I was in Italy alone and I didn't know what to do". "Not ever hard enough to make me pass out or frankly to leave marks, but it was frightening and dehumanizing".

The allegations against Porter became public when the British news outlet, the Daily Mail, reported Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told them Porter forcibly dragged her out of the shower while she was wet and naked, calling her a "a [expletive] [expletive]" on their honeymoon. But he will take his place in that White House tomorrow beside John Kelly, working for a president whose first wife once accused him of rape, working for a president who is a self-confessed sexual assaulter who was caught on video bragging about his preferred methods of sexual assault. It's unclear how the White House responded to this information. In the document she says he punched the glass on their front door, cutting his hand.

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The Daily Mail also published a copy of an emergency protective order obtained by Willoughby against Porter, which concluded that "reasonable grounds exist to believe that [Porter] has committed family abuse and there is probable danger of a further such offense". Maybe so - if not for two things. She revealed she had given the photographs to Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But Wednesday evening, Kelly issued a new statement.

Despite helping craft the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and leading two successful reauthorization efforts, Hatch made a decision to vote against the signature bill aiming to protect women from domestic abuse in 2012. "Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is leading the charge to save him". The scandal raises questions about how White House staff secretary Rob Porter was able to either get a security clearance or do his sensitive job without it.

"He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional", he said in a statement.

Porter worked closely with White House chief of staff John Kelly on the day-to-day operations of the West Wing.

Porter, 40, was one of Trump's most trusted advisers.

The claims reportedly came up during interviews that Porter's ex-wives gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of Porter's background check, CNN said, adding that he was having trouble obtaining a security clearance.

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