Trump aide quits as ex-wives claim abuse

Randolph Lopez
February 9, 2018

The statement, which the CNN report said Hicks helped craft, remained as Kelly's comments on the matter for hours after the jarring photos were disclosed and Porter announced his resignation. Beginning after Kelly assumed his chief of staff role over the summer, he directed that all documents that Trump would see should be vetted by both him and Porter.

But the White House press secretary refused to be drawn on that issue.

Responding to the accusations in a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Porter called them "outrageous" and "simply false". In an email, he adds, "Obviously, The Family Leader stands against domestic violence and spousal abuse".

Sebastian Gorka departed the White House as an adviser to Donald Trump in late August 2017.

Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her during the five years they were husband and wife.

He denied both of the ex-wives' allegations. 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. Few aides enjoy greater access to the Oval Office, or spend more time in the president's company. The 29-year-old former model also reportedly dated a married man -Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, according to Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff. Not that it stopped him from sitting in on briefings where classified information was discussed.

The Family Leader, headed by a major player in evangelical politics, Bob Vander Plaats, says its mission is to "strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government". Porter never received a permanent clearance.

Porter's background check was ongoing, and he was operating under an interim security clearance, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Thursday. "But this is further evidence of a nonexistent vetting process".

The White House has admitted that it mishandled allegations of domestic abuse against a senior official who was forced to resign on Wednesday.

An acting staff secretary will be named soon, he said.

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"I shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation all of the details that I have shared in previous articles including access to a protective order from June of 2010 and police calls that I had made to our home", she said.

"We want to ensure that people coming into the country are the best and the brightest, regardless of nationality, creed, religion, or anything else in between", Shah said.

Willoughby obtained an emergency protective order against Porter in 2010. The website published a copy of the order.

Neither Holderness nor Willoughby could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Ms Holderness supplied a photo of herself with a black eye to the media. She told the publication Porter punched her while they were on vacation.

Porter denied the allegations, but he resigned Wednesday.

"The reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", Porter said in the statement. "I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition". "I don't now have a statement", he said.

"He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional", he continued. "I am proud to serve alongside him", Kelly said in a statement.

Porter served as the assistant to the president and White House staff secretary. "He's even credited with helping craft Trump's State of the Union address".

Multiple media outlets now report that Porter will leave the White House this week.

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