Trump Trusts John Kelly Despite Official Scandal Accusation

Laura Christensen
February 10, 2018

More than 15 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

By Wednesday night, however, White House chief of staff John Kelly had issued a new statement, saying he was "shocked by the new allegations" against Porter and that "there is no place for domestic violence in our society".

Shah also refused to give details about whether Trump communications advisor Hope Hicks-who was reportedly dating Porter-was involved in shaping the White House response to the scandal.

Trump is "very disturbed by the negative press attention" the Porter story received, a source close to the President said on Friday.

Trump himself first learned of the allegations this week, two sources familiar with the matter said.

According to reports, Porter served in the White House without a full security clearance. White House spokesman Raj Shah admitted Thursday that the administration "could have done better" in responding to the accusations about Porter's past behavior.

Shah, 33, has held this position since September 2017. And yet Porter kept rising in the White House. The former girlfriend, who also works in the administration, declined to comment Thursday.

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

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He described Trump as being "surprised", "disheartened" and "saddened" by the allegations. McGahn made other officials aware of the accusations she communicated but took no concrete steps, the official said.

"In this and many, many other areas, it appears that the Oversight Committee has constructed a wall around the White House in order to prevent any credible oversight whatsoever", he wrote. "Rob Porter was never denied a security clearance". Someone in his position would have had an interim clearance while the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a background check, according to one official. Another spoke of emotional abuse and of Porter grabbing her and pulling her from the shower.

The White House said Trump favoured a merit-based immigration system, which attracts the best and the brightest from across the world. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent. "The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance", said press secretary Sarah Sanders. That doesn't change how serious and disturbing these allegations are.

"Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary. The things that I said were factual statements".

Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, alleged that he punched her in 2005.

"I was completely honest with my experience of the marriage including telling them instances of abuse or police contact", said Willoughby, adding that Porter was curious about what she was going to say. She said he returned the next day and broke glass in the door with his fist.

And despite their rocky union, it seems that Porter and Willoughby do have a cordial relationship as he called his ex-twice earlier this week about a blog post she was preparing to share about her abuser. According to reports, he told congressional Democrats that the president was "uninformed" during the campaign when he promised a physical barrier spanning the entirety of the Southern border paid for by Mexico.

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