White Home Counsel Knew About Rob Porter Accusations For A Yr

White Home Counsel Knew About Rob Porter Accusations For A Yr

Holderness claims Porter choked and punched her during their marriage, while Willoughby says he dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive.

On Friday, speechwriter David Sorensen also resigned after the White House learned of the allegations against him. A White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Mr Sorensen's position at the White House did not require a security clearance, and that his routine background check had been ongoing.

On Friday, White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigned as The Washington Post and other media outlets - including Capitol Hill Blue - zeroed in on his record of abuse of wife Elise Viebeck, who told the Federal Bureau of Investigation a harrowing story about physical abuse.

The New York Times reported last night that Kelly had told West Wing officials he was willing to step down over the controversy, though he had neither formally resigned nor was expected to do so.

He is the second administration official to resign this week over domestic abuse allegations, after top White House staffer Rob Porter resigned on Wednesday. One was related to policy and one was related to White House personnel, but both made an impact.

Kelly said that there's "no place for domestic violence in society", but said that he would stand by his previous comments.

'They were exceptionally close, ' the source said of Porter and Kelly.

Which, despite the panoply of evidence that seems to contradict Porter's claims, is good enough for Trump.

Corbett said that she had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the abuse last fall. In both cases, the aides seemed to be anxious that such misleading actions could do irreparable damage - for Trump with the Russian Federation investigation and for Kelly with his and the White House's credibility.

In November, one of Mr Porter's ex-girlfriends called Mr McGahn to describe allegations of domestic abuse against him. Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose relationship with Trump has been strained in recent weeks, is taking the lion's share of the blame, as I reported yesterday. The president "did not express any sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused - instead pointing to Porter's claim that 'he's innocent, '" CNN reports.

"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", he said in a statement to the Post.

Trump has long cautioned against jumping to conclusions in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, including those directed at him by more than a dozen women. "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.

Trump's comments come on the heels of the #MeToo movement, which gained traction in 2017 as a hashtag on Twitter to help women tell their stories about sexual violence and support others who have experienced abuse.

"I know they feel picked on", Wallace said, not naming any specific names.

"He says it didn't happen", the president told reporters at the White House.

Trump has already expressed interest in running for reelection in 2020, but he will have a hard time capturing the nomination if women continue to disapprove of him at this rate. "Because you should have taken it all the way; I don't think Bill did anything wrong".

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