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Kelly's Role in Question After Rob Porter Departure (Audio)

Kelly's Role in Question After Rob Porter Departure (Audio)

The departure of Sorensen, who worked at the Council on Environmental Quality, comes in the wake of staff secretary Rob Porter's tumultuous resignation after two ex-wives accused him of domestic violence.

Porter resigned this week after his two former wives claimed he physically and emotionally abused them. A photo also circulated of one of his accusers with a black eye that Porter allegedly gave her.

Porter has denied the allegations, calling them "outrageous" and part of "a coordinated smear campaign".

If Trump is willing to acknowledge that Porter indeed abused his two ex-wives as well a former girlfriend, then Pandora's box is opened on him. "He said very strongly that he's innocent, so you'll have to talk to him about that". "I think you also have to remember that. After one such episode, he said, he attempted to leave in his vehicle and she ran after him as he was pulling away, injuring herself in the process".

He said Porter did a good job, and noted that he has vehemently denied the allegations. She also showed the Post text messages and emails from Mr Sorensen and a photograph of an apparent cigarette burn on her hand. Porter was, up until recently, the Staff Secretary of the White House.

The White House official said that staffers felt misled about how Porter downplayed the allegations, both to Kelly and McGahn.

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Trump, meanwhile, is being criticized for the public appearance yesterday where he still offered a staunch defense of Porter, while seeming to lack sympathy for Porter's accusers. He did a very good job when he was at the White House'.

Mr Porter, who is now in a relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks, who is close to Mr Trump, has failed to get security clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past year despite working closely with the president.

The White House stood behind him at first, saying that they would allow him to continue working there for a "transition" period and giving no weight to the claims.

Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said the White House wishes Porter well, noting that it is a "tough time" for the former staff secretary. "Does Trump ever believe what women say?".

Spokesman Raj Shah confirms speechwriter David Sorensen resigned Friday after the White House learned of the allegations against him.

Sorensen is the second White House official to resign this week over domestic abuse allegations. Pressed for further clarification about whether he ordered Porter's termination, at first Kelly said "yes".


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