White House Staff Secretary resigns amid abuse allegations

09 February, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • The White House's Rob Porter debacle is either a sign of incompetence or hubris — or both

"It's fair to say we all could have done better over the last few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation", said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who faced a barrage of questions about Kelly during a press briefing.

So, this guy gets to sit in on top security briefings despite having been denied a clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"But, you know, this was a Rob Porter that I and many others have dealt with, that Sarah had dealt with, that other officials including the chief of staff had dealt with, and the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual we had come to know".

"We were relying on the information we had", Shah said. Porter said photos published of his former spouses - in which one appears to have a black eye - were "given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described". Porter said in his statement.

Ms Willoughby, a motivational speaker, told the Daily Mail she was married to Mr Porter from 2009-13.

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According to recent media reports, Porter repeatedly struck and choked Holderness then verbally abused his second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby.

Sanders confirmed Porter's resignation Wednesday, though she said he would not immediately leave his job in an effort to "ensure that there's a smooth transition going forward".

Yet the message from the Trump White House is that women's accusations of abuse should be viewed skeptically, absent photos or videos.

Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington called Kelly's role in keeping Porter on as a White House staffer even after learning of the allegations "very, very disturbing". Trump vigorously defended Roy Moore, the failed Alabama Republican Senate candidate, against allegations that included child molestation, and Sanders has said that multiple women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct were lying.

Before joining the administration, Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, spent almost three years as chief of staff to longtime Utah Republican Sen.

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Anthony Scaramucci, burst on to the scene in mid-July to become the White House communications director but was sacked less than two weeks later.

Porter called the allegations "outrageous" and "simply false". She filed a protective order against him. Just not enough to speak out against the White House, I guess. John V. Berry, who represents government employees and contractors, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have notified the White House about the allegations but noted that the interim clearance would not have prohibited Porter from having access to sensitive information.

She had been the director of communications for the White House's Office of Public Liaison. The Washington Post has reported White House aides had been aware generally of accusations against Porter since late past year and that Kelly urged Porter to stay even after the photographs surfaced. "My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor", Hatch said.

Rob Porter (Centre) served as a clearinghouse for paperwork destined for or coming from Donald Trump's desk, as well as an important influence on policy in his own right.

Porter had told people in the West Wing, including Kelly, that his exes were trying to smear him, according to the official.

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