Trump 'saddened' by Porter allegations: White House

US: White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigns after domestic abuse allegations

Kelly's statement came after several news outlets reported the chief of staff had known about the allegations against Porter for some time and sought to keep him in his job anyway.

Porter submitted his resignation Wednesday after Willoughby and Holderness, his first wife, told the Daily Mail that he had subjected them to physical, verbal, and emotional abuse during their marriages. "It's one of the things that women who are victims struggle with the most".

When asked in a briefing on Thursday why the White House and Kelly had stood behind Porter amid the allegations, Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah acknowledged that communications had reflected their positive views of Porter as a colleague. Porter was denied a final security clearance, who at the White House was aware of this information, and how Mr. "I took a shower and Rob followed me fairly shortly after and grabbed me from the shower by my shoulders up close to my neck and pulled me out to continue to yell at me", she said.

In January 2017, when McGahn learned of the allegations, he wanted Porter to stay put because he saw the Harvard Law-trained Capitol Hill veteran as a steadying, professional voice in the White House, according to people familiar with the matter. Some in the White House were quick to jump to his defense.

In a late phone call Thursday, McGahn said Porter did not tell him one year ago that his ex-wives accused him of domestic violence. "He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said. And the official stressed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had at no point revoked Porter's interim security clearance.

Trump's senior aides knew for months about the allegations levied against Porter by his ex-wives, even as Porter's stock in the West Wing continued to rise, multiple sources have told CNN.

Kelly wasn't the only senior White House aide to know about Porter's particular situation.

"He started calling me names, calling me a "f-ing bitch, ' how I behaved was 'f-ing ridiculous" and most of that was instigated around my not having sex with him often enough on our honeymoon", Willoughby said.

Routinely, Trump has accepted claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations, including Fox News head Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of molesting teenage girls.

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McGahn received a call from the ex-girlfriend in late November, officials said. "Your ability to explain that he was not just some disgusting person and you were not just a victim, was very accurate and left me in tears".

An "interim" clearance doesn't really require clearance at all.

On Thursday night, a White House official released a letter that Kelly had written to White House employees seeking to allay their concerns over the accusations against Porter.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly, said Friday that Kelly had not offered to resign.

A photo of Holderness with a black eye, purportedly after an incident with Porter, also came to light this week, leaving many wondering why he remained in his high-profile post, who knew about the accusations and when were they made aware.

Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Willoughby said she "had been in contact with Rob a lot in the last two weeks as he gave me some warning that stories might break". Willoughby, a 39-year-old writer and motivational speaker, said she authorized investigators to obtain a protective order she filed in 2010 after he refused to leave her Arlington, Virginia, apartment, in violation of their separation agreement.

The FBI had contacts with the ex-wives a second time, in September.

Trump has complained that Kelly did not bring the Porter allegations to him sooner, adding to his frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants.

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