What The White Home Received't Say About Rob Porter's Exit

Sorensen, who worked at the Council on Environmental Quality is being accused by his former wife that he violently and emotionally abused her in claims which he denies.

On Thursday, deputy press secretary Raj Shah issued a rare admission that the White House could have handled the Porter situation better. His second ex-wife received a protective order against him in 2010, which prevented Porter from receiving a full security clearance at the White House.

Porter's two ex-wives say they gave detailed accounts and documentation to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting a background check of Porter, claiming that he was physically and emotionally abusive.

President Donald Trump said that his former staff secretary, Rob Porter, did a good job in the White House and cautioned reporters to keep in mind that he has denied allegations of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump, who has himself been accused of sexual harassment or assault by two dozen women, fueled the scandal by praising Porter and suggesting he had a bright future.

"As you probably know, he says he's innocent", Trump told the press corps Friday, adding that he was "surprised" by the allegations.

One aide said he is "very uncomfortable lying about this" in any public comments but adds that refusal to follow a direct command from the retired Marine general means an end to the job.

Talking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump mentioned twice that Porter says he's innocent.


Willoughby and Holderness told CNN this week that a girlfriend of Porter's also reached out to them for advice about how to deal with Porter's "repeated abuse".

White House communications director Hope Hicks' handling of the controversy has also reportedly displeased Mr Trump. The domestic violence allegations became high-profile this week thanks to a Daily Mail report.

Kelly has said he is willing to resign multiple times in the past over disagreements with the President, sources said, calling it a tactic. Kelly had previously referred to Porter as a "man of true integrity and honor".

Sorensen's resignation comes just two days after staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid claims that he physically abused two of his ex-wives.

He said he wished Porter well and said he hoped Porter has a "wonderful career".

Shah would not "get into specifics" of who knew what and when, but said Kelly "had not seen images" released by Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, until they were.

Kelly later said in a statement he was shocked by "new" allegations against Porter, stressing that domestic violence is unacceptable.

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