Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Senior White House aide resigns after domestic abuse allegations

Senior White House aide resigns after domestic abuse allegations

The Daily Mail first published allegations of physical abuse Tuesday night from Porter's second ex-wife and then later, on Wednesday, published allegations of physical and mental abuse from his first ex-wife. Porter told the Daily Mail that the allegations were "slanderous and simply false". Though he stepped down, Porter denied the contents of the report, saying, "I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign".

On Wednesday morning, the Daily Mail followed with another story adding in the experience of Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, whom he married in 2003.

Porter said in his statement that he took those photos of his ex's eye himself and that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described".

A photo published by The Intercept allegedly taken after the assault shows her with a black eye.

Porter resigned over the objections of White House chief of staff John Kelly and others, a White House official said.

Speaking with the Daily Mail, Hatch called the claims "a vile attack on such a decent man".

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Hatch's spokesman Matt Whitlock told The Hill that the senator spoke to Rob Porter at the White House today and urged him to get help so that he can serve in government in the future.

A top White House aide is resigning amid explosive allegations of domestic violence from two of his ex-wives.

Congressional Democrats have been trying for months to get the White House to provide information about its security clearance process, including how many White House aides have been granted interim clearances because of issues that arose during their Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks. Porter has been one of the few senior figures in Trump's White House to have stayed the course, joining the administration in January 2017. But as Politico reports, he was denied a full security clearance, so I guess that's something... Holderness said there she was punched once by Porter, while they were on vacation in Florence, Italy. "My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor", Hatch said. "If I could find more people like him I would hire them, I think that's how good he is". Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and, more recently, as chief of staff to Hatch.

"I do not know the details of Rob's personal life". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said issues related to an individual's suitability are reviewed through a thorough and lengthy background check process.

She noted that both the president and Chief of Staff John Kelly have had "full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance". Prior to his White House position, Porter had served as general counsel to Sen.

Porter was a Trump Administration senior aide who has been accused of physically abusive behavior by both of his ex-wives. By the time the president was fully briefed of the claims against Porter on Wednesday, the once-rising White House star had already resigned, according to the official.

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