White House 'knew of Trump aide Rob Porter's domestic abuse'

by Frankie Norman February 11, 2018, 4:16
White House 'knew of Trump aide Rob Porter's domestic abuse'

In the wake of White House staffer Rob Porter's resignation following abuse claims, speechwriter David Sorensen resigned Friday as a result of separate abuse allegations, according to the Associated Press.

Donald Trump has vented in a tweet after a second White House staffer departed his administration in the wake of abuse allegations. Both Porter and Carroll were key to the orderly flow of paperwork and information to the President that has streamlined decision-making at the White House, which Kelly has worked to improve since he took over as chief of staff last summer.

Corbett told The Washington Post that Sorensen had run a vehicle over her foot, burned her hand with a cigarette, thrown her into a wall, and grabbed her by her hair while they were in their boat off the coast of Maine.

Porter's abrupt departure has raised questions about how long it took Trump's team to act on the accusations.

Sorensen rebuffed Corbett's claims, saying he was the victim.

"[President Trump] thinks it's a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn't determine the course", she said.

As for allegations by Porter's ex-wives that he abused them, the president appeared to give Porter the benefit of the doubt.

Separately, The New York Times reported that Kelly had told officials in the West Wing on Friday that he was willing to step down over his handling of the Porter situation, according to two officials aware of the discussions.

He said he did not want the White House to have to deal with the distraction and went on to accuse Ms Corbett of punching him.

Ms Holderness said that Mr Porter choked and punched her during their marriage.

Yet another White House aide is stepping down.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on Friday.

Like Corbett, Porter's former wives also said they had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about being abused - in their cases, more than a year ago. Porter's former girl friend spoke to Mr. Kelly about the allegations in October.

White House chief of staff John Kelly and counsel Don McGahn reportedly knew of the allegations for months before they were made public. "Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society", Kelly wrote in the letter. "He did a very good job while he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career", Trump told reporters.

The eldest Trump daughter, who serves as an adviser to the President, also issued a defense of her former employee.

But two days after Porter's resignation, President Donald Trump publicly defended him, saying he wished him well and hoped he had a great career ahead of him. "It's a, obviously, tough time for him".


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