Second White House aide resigns over domestic abuse allegations


In December, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters on Trump's views after three of his accusers called on Congress to investigate his past behavior.

Sorensen's departure follows White House staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation on Wednesday.

Trump's insensitive tweet comes after two members of his staff were pushed out this week over abuse claims made by ex-wives, all within two days of each other. "He said very strongly yesterday that's he's innocent". He defended Alabama Senate candidate Republican Roy Moore when allegations surfaced that he groped teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

Ms Holderness said that Mr Porter choked and punched her during their marriage. "He says it didn't happen". A White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Mr Sorensen's position at the White House did not require a security clearance, and that his routine background check had been ongoing.

The official stressed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had at no point revoked Porter's security clearance, which they could have done. But the tweet Saturday suggests that the latest resignations - particularly Porter's - were jolting at the highest levels.

David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked at the Council on Environmental Quality, resigned after being confronted by White House officials, spokesman Raj Shah said.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley adamantly denied that Kelly had offered to resign in any way.

Asked why he did not fight to keep his job, Sorensen said in a Facebook message: "I didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction".

A former policy adviser to Gov. Paul Richard LePage of Maine, Sorensen began working for the Trump administration in May.

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Sorenson's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, alleged she had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Sorensen's behavior when he was undergoing a background check previous year. However, Sorensen alleges it was his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, who was abusive towards him.

Corbett told the Post that Sorensen committed several violent and threatening actions during their marriage, such as running a auto over her foot, tamping out a cigarette on her hand, throwing her against a wall, and grabbing her "menacingly" by the hair "while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast".

She also gave the newspaper photos of the injuries to her hand from the cigarette, adding she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the incidents when they spoke to her about her husband's security clearance.

Porter has denied the allegations of domestic abuse and says he is the victim of a smear campaign.

"Everyone can think you're the most wonderful guy, but you're throwing women into walls by night", she told the Post.

The announcement came as part of a slew of promotions announced by the White House Wednesday evening.

Those pleas of innocence come despite public accusations by Porter's former spouses, including one who produced photos of a black eye she said Porter gave her while in Italy.

"I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. And certainly he's also very sad". He said she hit him several times, causing bruises and scrapes. Ivanka Trump told the Times that Hicks was a "team player" and "the president has deep respect for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her".

The president's praise for Porter's job performance drew a rebuke from former Vice President Joe Biden.