White House Under Fire Over Aide Accused Of Serious Domestic Abuse

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter left was at first defended by Chief of Staff John Kelly when his ex-wives alleged abuse. White House adviser Jared Kushner is at right

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter left was at first defended by Chief of Staff John Kelly when his ex-wives alleged abuse. White House adviser Jared Kushner is at right

Porter's title understates his significance in the White House.

In the email, which was obtained by the news outlet, Holderness reportedly says Cunningham reacted positively to the news that Colbie Holderness, Porter's ex-wife, was not desiring to speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Daily Mail published a copy of the order. But Holderness and Willoughby say they did tell the Federal Bureau of Investigation what happened in January 2017. I took the photos. and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.

"I've been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign", he added.

Shah defended Kelly and other White House staff, meanwhile, saying there were "a number of statements from the press secretary and chief of staff that reflected the Rob Porter that we've come to know working here for over a year, and the chief of staff for the last six months".

Kelly issued a statement calling Porter "a man of true integrity and honor".

"Rob is not only a brilliant leader, he is also a dear friend and a trusted confidante who has my full confidence and support", he said at the time. "I am proud to serve alongside him".

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Later during the interview, Thornberry said he hadn't invested much thought in the White House abuse scandal because "if you are a soldier on a mountaintop in Afghanistan right now, or standing near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, you are not concerned about the to-ing an fro-ing of all of this politics".

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". Then, on Wednesday, Porter resigned after his two ex-wives said that he had abused them during their relationships.

Mr Kelly is now facing questions about when he knew about the allegations against Mr Porter, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned during interviews with Mr Porter's ex-wives for a background check.

But while Carroll has assumed some of the responsibilities of Nielsen's old job, Kelly has been disappointed in his performance and has held back on officially bestowing the title, according to two administration officials.

Cummings recently revealed that the Department of Defense approved 165 interim security clearances over a three-year period, giving access to the government's sensitive and secret information to people who later failed background checks. The Washington Post reports White House staffers knew vaguely of the situation as of late 2017, but only heard the alleged details when contacted Tuesday by a reporter from the Daily Mail, which first reported the women's story. He nearly always accompanies the president when he travels, and frequently can be seen near Trump as he boards Marine One and Air Force One. He also helped draft Trump's recent State of the Union address. The incidents took place long before he joined the White House.

Porter previously served as chief of staff for Sen.

His planned departure from President Donald Trump's inner circle is a major downfall for the Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, who though mostly unknown, was a big part of the administration.

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