Second White House official resigns amid domestic violence accusations


There's no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone.

This past week, while the White House was quickly sinking into a wave of recriminations over how much top administration officials knew about a senior aide's history of domestic violence, Trump himself was personally fuming over the appearance that his people had mishandled the response-that they looked weak in their reaction.

Trump ramped up his defense Saturday when he tweeted that lives are being destroyed by a "mere allegation" and questioned whether there is still due process.

In his tweet, Trump referred to women's allegations about men's unwanted behavior generally and said, "Some are true and some are false".

Trump finally made a public comment about Rob Porter, one of his most important aides who was forced to resign this week after reports surfaced that he had committed violent assault on both of his ex-wives. "Strangers complimented him to me every time we went out", Willoughby wrote.

Jennifer Willoughby, the ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, wrote in a blog post past year about the alleged pattern of physical and verbal abuse she faced in her marriage, calling the abuse "insidious".

When asked if Trump believed the women who have accused Porter of abuse, Conway responded, "The president is very disturbed by what he sees, absolutely, and you can feel that somebody did a great job for you".

Kelly, a retired Marine general and Boston native, is facing criticism because he initially defended Porter against the allegations, only to back down after images emerged of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye.

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday. By the time the president was fully briefed of the claims against Porter on Wednesday, the once-rising White House star had already resigned, according to the official.

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The next morning Trump took to Twitter to rebut his chief of staff and get the last word.

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., blasted President Donald Trump on Friday, claiming "this White House tolerates domestic violence".

Trump Friday wished his former aide well, noting that Porter had done "a very good job in the White House". The staff secretary resigned later Wednesday. Although he publicly acknowledged Obama's citizenship in September 2016, Trump reportedly continued to privately question it as recently as November 2017.

The mounting days of bad press about the handling of Porter - who knew what and when, and the problem with his security clearance - are just the latest in a series of instances of Kelly drawing the wrong kind of attention.

Porter worked directly with Kelly, the chief of staff, and was considered a skilled insider.

It has been widely reported that Kelly had always been aware that there were abuse allegations against Porter.

Mr Porter told Mr Kelly his ex-wives were saying false things about him. "But in talking to the president I think he's saddened about what happened with Rob".

Trump quickly approved the declassification and release of the Republican memo, despite strong objections by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department that it was inaccurate, misleading and contained classified information.