Trump Aide Quitting in Reaction to Wife-Abuse Allegations

Top Trump aide to leave after battery allegations

Top Trump aide to leave after battery allegations

White House officials were told previous year by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter, CBS and CNN reported Wednesday, as news broke that the top aide to President Donald Trump had resigned following a Daily Mail article in which Porter's two ex-wives said he had abused them.

A Tuesday post by the Mail shook the White House behind the scenes, but officials issued statements supporting Porter after the story first appeared without the photo.

On Wednesday, Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, came forward in an interview with the Daily Mail. Sanders read a statement from Porter, in which he claims he shot the photos the Mail used from Holderness.

In a statement confirming his departure, Porter denied the allegations. He says published photos [showing injuries to at least one of the women] were taken almost 15 years ago and the "reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described".

Speaking at the press briefing before Huckabee Sanders took the podium, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis foreshadowed the parade walk-back, saying the president had merely asked the military to explore options. Before joining President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's administration, Porter worked for the Republican senator.

Both ex-wives reportedly told their accounts to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A document from June 2010 included in the article also shows that another ex-wife of Porter's, Jennifer Willoughby, filed a temporary protective order against Porter in Arlington, Virginia, after he allegedly violated their separation agreement. "It's unclear what kind of vetting process was followed in this case", Maloney said in a statement.

Democratic swiftly called for an investigation into Porter's presence at the White House. She would not confirm the status of Porter's security clearance. However, he qualified for a federal building pass.

Porter began traveling more frequently in Trump's entourage, including last month's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

President Donald Trump had previously offered his trust and support of Porter, but has now accepted his resignation. Orrin Hatch all offering glowing character references.

The same publication recently reported that Porter had been dating White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

A new report indicates that a lot of people in the White House are not happy with John Kelly after the Chief of Staff went to bat for Rob Porter before the latter resigned earlier today. "He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional". "And I would prefer him not to resign, just work his way through and do what's right". Kelly also encouraged Porter to "stay and fight" instead of walking away from his job. By the time the president was fully briefed of the claims against Porter on Wednesday, the once-rising White House star had already resigned, according to the official.

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