Trump's confidantes explain the confounding reason Trump won't fire John Kelly

Posted February 10, 2018

The revelations have rocked the White House, forcing questions about whether chief of staff John Kelly knew about the allegations. "But this was the Rob Porter that I and many others have dealt with, that Sarah dealt with, that other officials, including the Chief of Staff, have dealt with".

Raj Shah, the Principal Deputy Press Secretary of US President Donald Trump, has made his daily press briefing debut at the White House, becoming the first Indian-American to do so. "I took a shower and Rob followed me fairly shortly after and grabbed me from the shower by my shoulders up close to my neck and pulled me out to continue to yell at me", she said. Some in the White House were quick to jump to his defense.

"A White House official said the FBI's findings never reached McGahn himself in June". Priebus denied that the phone call occurred. "Is there any other crime - and it's a crime -where there would be an explanation that the reason why we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"

For the past year, he was working with an "interim" clearance. They're upsetting. And the background check investigates both the allegations and the denials. The former girlfriend, who also works in the administration, declined to comment Thursday.

National Women's Law Center General Counsel Emily Martin said Trump's reaction to the allegations against Porter speaks to the willingness of many to believe the accused rather than the accusers.

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Trump was reportedly "surprised" and "disheartened" to hear the news.

"If I'm being frank with you, if he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will, and particularly now that he's under a lot of stress and scrutiny", she added.

The support for an alleged batterer who served 13 months in a sensitive White House post is fueling scrutiny of the bench marks for disqualifying top staffers or denying them full security clearances. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent.

Asked if she thought allegations against her ex-husband should have stopped him from working in the White House, Willoughby called it a "greater question... for society today".

Shah said that Kelly only became "fully aware" of the allegations this week. "It was not completed, and Rob Porter has since resigned", he said. The Intercept published pictures Wednesday that showed one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye after he allegedly attacked her. But White House officials said Kelly pushed Porter to stay in the job even after the release of the photos.

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According to reports, he told congressional Democrats that the president was "uninformed" during the campaign when he promised a physical barrier spanning the entirety of the Southern border paid for by Mexico.

Porter, 40, who coordinated the flow of documents to President Trump in the Oval Office, had been under fire since Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, another of Porter's ex-wives, publicly shared their stories of domestic abuse.

Shah also sought to address news reports that Porter's ex-wives had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the alleged abuse months ago as part of a background check on Porter that was being conducted so that he could obtain a security clearance.

The FBI had contacts with the ex-wives a second time, in September.

On Thursday night, Willoughby expanded on her writing in a powerful interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Porter was angry, she said, that he had still not received his security clearance.

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"He had asked me multiple times to take down my Instagram post", she said, referring to a post in which she described abuse in a general terms, but without using his name.