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Another White House staffer resigns amid domestic abuse allegations

10 February 2018

Porter had been staff secretary to Donald Trump. He made no mention of the ex-wives or the alleged domestic abuse. "We certainly wish him well, and it's a tough time for him", Trump said in the Oval Office. "And we hope he has a wonderful career", Trump said in his first comments on the allegations against the onetime rising West Wing star. Asked about Porter on Friday, the president told reporters that the former staff secretary "says he's innocent and I think you have to remember that".

Instead of a house of cards, Trump put together a house of predators, and one by one those predators are being exposed and removed from the White House. But not knowing is an excuse that is not available to the White House in explaining why it shielded and defended a top presidential aide credibly accused of domestic abuse.

The White House was already under scrutiny over its handling of Porter's departure who announced his resignation on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learnt about the accusations against Sorensen Thursday night.

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The account also appears to contradict the public accounting of the saga as Kelly released a statement praising Porter's character after the Daily Mail published the allegations of both of Porter's ex-wives, who claimed Porter had physically and emotionally abused them. In March of 2016, then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with assaulting a Breitbart reporter, but the campaign claimed no one saw the incident until video evidence eventually surfaced. So, at that time, he was meant to be living in our home that we had recently purchased.

At Thursday's press briefing, The White House tried to clarify.

Revelations that the administration knew that the FBI recommended denying Porter clearance because of the abuse allegations against him, combined with the fact that Kushner and several others in the White House are now under investigation for possibly colluding with the Russian government to sway the 2016 election, make many of these aides' continued access to top secret information extremely disturbing.

Technically, the two men are in PyeongChang, South Korea, where Pence is leading the US delegation at the Winter Olympics.

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Trump was elected promising to bring "the best people" with him to "drain the swamp" in Washington. "Is there any other crime - and it's a crime - where there would be an explanation that the reason why we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"

Media reports say Kelly apparently had prior knowledge of Porter's inappropriate behavior. According to a source, Ivanka and Jared Kushner have been discussing possible chief-of-staff replacements.

Jennie Willoughby, one of Mr Porter's ex-wives, said in an interview with NBC's Today show on Friday that she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation during Mr Porter's background check that he had been abusive toward her. Also seen in the August 2017 picture in Washington is White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right.

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