John Kelly defiant about handling of Porter abuse scandal

Randolph Lopez
March 5, 2018

The New York Times later learned that there are some people in the White House that were briefed about the background investigation problems of Mr.

"I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over", Kelly said Friday before admitting "we didn't cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that on Wednesday morning [Feb. 7]". In some instances, Kelly even directly contradicted some of the White House's public statements delivered last month.

Kelly said he asked Porter, who was the White House staff secretary, about the allegation and Porter denied it.

Porter offered to resign February 6, but how seriously Kelly took Porter's initial offer remains unclear. Porter would be. Mr. Kelly would eventually accept a letter of resignation from Mr.

On Friday, Willoughby said Kelly's comments "added to my opinions of how poorly the White House has handled the situation for weeks", and questioned why her account was not enough for Kelly to fire Porter. That top level of clearance is often used in the Situation Room and for the nation's most closely guarded secrets.

Trump named Kelly as his chief of staff in July 2017 after his predecessor, Reince Priebus, resigned from the post.

'Does the president want to lose everyone because of General Jackass?' Scaramucci asked Bloomberg Politics, implying that Kelly's iron rule helped guide Communications Director Hope Hicks out the door. Hicks announced Wednesday that she will be leaving the administration. He faced scrutiny for the handling of Rob Porter, the ex-aide who was accused of abusing his ex-wives but operated on an interim security clearance in close proximity to the president for a year.

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"The reason the morale is bad is that the rule by fear and intimidation does not work in a civilian environment", Scaramucci said referring to Kelly. At that point, there had been no resignation announcement from the White House. Anyway, I got back here. "And it was a shock for me, certainly, because I thought the information that came over was in November".

Kelly also said Donald McGahn II, the White House counsel, had been unaware of an issue with Porter's background investigation, even though Porter had mentioned to McGahn in January 2017 that he was anxious that his former wives had damaging information against him.

"Scarmucci denied he was backstabbing Kelly - and he told Jacobs that he was proudly "front-stabbing" him", as Raw Story reports.

"John Kelly is defending his inaction on Rob Porter by claiming that the first accusation brought to the White House was of only 'emotional abuse, '" he tweeted.

Kelly said he then headed to Capitol Hill for a meeting on DACA and when he returned, the White House received a second press inquiry "that included, I guess, the accusation of physical abuse".

Mr. Porter's resignation was announced February 7, though Mr. Kelly said he received the resignation a day earlier.

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