White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

In fact, senior officials tried to convince him "to stay and fight", a White House official says.

"It takes time because we want to get it right".

Willoughby said that was the only time he ever got physical with her but alleges that his verbal and emotional abuse left her a "shell of a person" and they separated a year later before divorcing in 2013.

Holderness told The Intercept that he began abusing her on their 2003 honeymoon and claims it continued for several years.

DailyMail.com quoted Colbie Holderness as saying that Porter choked and punched her during their marriage.

"I don't think any standard applies", Shah said.

Kelly said he was "appalled" that Wilson - a family friend of Johnson's - criticized Trump's tone and choice of words on the call, and he accused the congresswoman of speaking "in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise".

"I care about him and want what's best for him, but that doesn't necessarily mean him keeping his job because he needs to face these underlying issues".

"The US President Donald Trump and the White House CEO General Jon Kelly had absolute confidence in his abilities and performance", said the spokesman for the US presidency on Wednesday Sarah Hakabi Sanders. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said, according to The Guardian.

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That may explain why Trump's senior aides, who multiple sources say knew for months about the ex-wives' allegations, took no action to remove him from the staff. "I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition".

Porter has denied that he physically assaulted the women, calling the allegations "vile" and "false" and a "smear campaign" against him.

Given the allegations made by his former wives, who The Intercept said were both interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of Porter's background check, some White House aides said they too were disturbed that he had access to top secret information. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

Trump didn't mention Porter when he gathered with lawmakers, members of the military and former Vice President Dick Cheney at the White House on Tuesday evening to watch the movie "12 Strong".

Porter, meanwhile, was operating on an interim security clearance.

In this role, Porter is essentially a gatekeeper for the Oval Office with direct access to Trump. He helps write Trump's speeches. Porter did not have the permanent security clearance that aides of his rank always have.

He beat both of his ex-wives. It remains an open question whether the White House counsel's office knew.

Rob Porter was a squeaky-clean aide who made sure that papers landing on the president's desk were in order.

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