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Former Trump staffer, LePage adviser denies domestic abuse allegations by ex-wife

15 February 2018

White House staff secretary Rob Porter quit last week amid allegations raised by his ex-wives of verbal and physical abuse.

Other top White House aides similarly supported Trump's handling of the latest controversy to upend his administration.

And she declined to provide any further details about which White House aides knew about the abuse claims, which Porter's ex-wives detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as they were investigating his background for a security clearance.

Willoughby and Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, publicly accused Porter of abusing them emotionally, verbally and physically during their marriages.

In his initial statement responding to the allegations, Kelly was fiercely defensive of Porter.

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"He literally dictated that statement to me", she said. But Trump hardly blinks in the face of such a powerful movement because he has no reason to believe it will ever hold him accountable to his own behavior. Almost every day reconfirms the reality that having once been a chief executive (or a reality TV star) is no recommendation for governance. We support that process.

But it wasn't until Wednesday when a photo surfaced of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye that the White House took action.

Corbett could not be reached for comment on Monday, but she told the Washington Post that she never filed a police report on any alleged abuse. "The truth proves itself".

Willoughby said Mormon bishops discouraged her from seeking divorce. "It's handled by our law enforcement and intelligence community". Sorensen said in an email to CNN that he didn't because he had a senior role in the Maine state government at the time and did not want the issue to be made public, adding, "I received expert advice telling me that domestic violence complaints by men are not taken seriously". But people both inside and outside the White House have been eager to sing her praises, describing Hicks as fiercely loyal to Trump and highly effective at reading his moods. She conceded the White House could have handled it better. White House officials have also given contrasting answers as to whether the situation was handled properly. "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today".

Jeh Johnson, a homeland security secretary during the Obama administration and a friend of Kelly, said the White House would be worse off without Kelly.

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Short, meanwhile, acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there may have been a "lack of communication between different elements in the White House".

Cornered on the president's widely panned performance on Friday, Gidley again insisted that 'the president has been out against domestic violence for a long time'. Porter did not specify what that information was and McGahn suggested they allow the process play out.

Sanders would not provide detailed answers on why a senior aide whose two ex-wives had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation early previous year they were abused continued to see classified information and work in the president's inner sanctum.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney - who also denied being considered as a replacement for Kelly - said Trump was naturally inclined to give someone he had worked with "the benefit of the doubt". He said he worries about the ramifications such claims have on someone's career.

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Former Trump staffer, LePage adviser denies domestic abuse allegations by ex-wife