White House reportedly ignored allegations of aide's domestic abuse

White House reportedly ignored allegations of aide's domestic abuse

Rob Porter, a White House aide described by Politico as "mostly unknown but deeply influential", has resigned after allegations of physical abuse from two ex-wives.

A top White House aide is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

His influence growing in recent months, Mr Porter was often seen with Mr Trump when the President travelled and as he signed legislation or proclamations.

"He is a friend, a confidant, and a trusted professional", Kelly said.

The claims reportedly came up during interviews that Porter's ex-wives gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of Porter's background check, CNN said, adding that he was having trouble obtaining a security clearance because of them.

"I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago, and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", Mr.

The former chief-of-staff to Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Porter was responsible for controlling President Donald Trump's schedule and reviewing all documents that reached his desk.

Porter led Hatch's office for almost three years before becoming White House staff secretary in January 2017.

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Asked what the president thought of the photos of Porter's bruised ex-wife, Sanders said she had not discussed it with him.

White House staff secretaries play an important role in the West Wing, though the position has varied in stature. Kelly, who encouraged Porter to remain in his post despite the allegations, did not alter his effusive statement.

Statements from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also semed to evolve as the story grew in intensity and Porter was forced out.

The Mail had previously reported that Porter was dating Hope Hicks, the White House communications director.

"When he heard me on the phone with the police", Willoughby wrote in the complaint, "he apologized and begged me not to involve them". Theory one: Both women are vindictive liars conspiring to destroy Porter's career years after having moved on from their relationships with him, even though his second wife openly admits, "I have the utmost respect for him professionally".

Porter announced Wednesday that he would resign, though he did not specify when his last day will be. Later that year, she filed a protective order against her husband after he would physically prevent her from leaving the house. "I KNOW we are more than the sum of our past circumstances and choices".

On Tuesday, after the Mail published Willoughby's accusations, The Intercept contacted Hatch for comment on the allegations against his former chief of staff. "Another moment where the White House is, sadly, no longer considered a place of the highest standards in the land, but rather a place where our national standards are being degraded". Trump himself has "full confidence in his abilities and his performance", according to Sanders. To The Intercept, she described a time in which Porter had physically dragged her from the shower to continue an argument, saying, "I think he saw the look on my face, and immediately released me and apologized".