Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Trump aide quits amid spousal-abuse claims

White House aide denies abuse allegations but resigns Chris Kleponis-Pool Getty Images
Ellis Copeland | 08 February, 2018, 10:20

Have a look at the evidence. I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago.

From there, it escalated, and Porter allegedly choked and punched his wife.

Both women detailed the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when the agency was conducting a background check on him.

While Porter isn't a well-known figure, he played a highly influential role in President Donald Trump's White House simply because he spent every day by the president's side, Politico reports.

Another ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the same publication that Porter verbally abused her on their 2009 honeymoon and once dragged her out of the shower.

He added, "Before we begin today's report, I just wanted to once again note a further erosion of standards for what I thought we had all agreed was not ok, not acceptable, not moral, white supremacist rallies, child molesters, domestic abusers". It was during a vacation in Florence in 2005.

"He threw me down and punched me in the face", she said. "I was let down by that", Holderness said. I'm telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation this is what he's done, and Jennie Willougbhy is telling me them what he's done, and the White House says, sure this is OK?

White House officials and Republican lawmakers expressed shock at the news.

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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.

Axios reported that Porter was not pressured to resign. Maybe so - if not for two things. Holderness, married to Porter for five years, provided photos of black eyes she claimed she suffered from Porter. She shared copies of her correspondence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the Intercept. Someone approved his hiring anyway. Who? Willoughby provided a copy of a 2010 restraining order she filed against Porter.

Thorp also asked Hatch whether he would employ Porter if the allegations are true, and Hatch refused to answer. Fight what, exactly? Testimony from not one but two exes that he was a thug, replete with photo evidence?

Lawrence O'Donnell destroyed the Trump White House for trying to save the job of serial wife beater Rob Porter.

"He is a friend, a confidant, and a trusted professional", Kelly said. "If I could find more people like him I would hire them, I think that's how good he is". That's the quote that was circulating online last night at the same time as the pic of Colbie Holderness's blackeneyed eye.

A former chief of staff to Hatch, Porter joined the White House at the beginning of Trump's administration, though he wasn't well-known to the President like other top West Wing staffers. Hatch's office provided the statement to the White House - at its request - before the Daily Mail story was published. "It's beyond disbelief. Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is leading the charge to save him", one former West Wing official said. Among other statements of support issued by Kelly and Sanders, Sen.

The White House would not comment on a report that Mr Porter, 40, failed to receive security clearance. Now his boss is saddled with bad headlines about a wife-beater in the West Wing. He was allowed to work without full clearance, after having been denied it in part due to the abuse allegations, for a year, according to CBS News.

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