Trump 'saddened' by Porter allegations: White House

Saul Bowman
February 10, 2018

The White House says it "could have done better" in its handling of allegations of domestic abuse against former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter was denied a final security clearance, who at the White House was aware of this information, and how Mr.

We're long past the point of expecting this administration to express genuine concern for any individual outside, much less a woman who accuses a member of the team of misconduct.

Willoughby was also "worried" about Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and Porter's current partner.

"I want you to know that we all take matters of domestic violence very seriously". Sanders said Porter would stay on for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition. But the president needs and trusts John Kelly, "said one of the two sources quoted by CNN on condition of anonymity who said he had spoken with Trump about the scandal".

According to reports, Porter served in the White House without a full security clearance.

A White House official said the FBI's findings never reached McGahn himself in June. The former girlfriend, who also works in the administration, declined to comment Thursday.

Amid questions about why Porter was forced to resign only after the allegations became public, Shah refused to give details about when and how Chief of Staff John Kelly in particular became aware of the claims.


"In this and many, many other areas, it appears that the Oversight Committee has constructed a wall around the White House in order to prevent any credible oversight whatsoever", he wrote.

Cummings has repeatedly pressed Gowdy to subpoena the White House - and asked the White House directly - for information regarding the security clearances Lt. Gen. Someone in his position would have had an interim clearance while the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a background check, according to one official.

The White House said Trump favoured a merit-based immigration system, which attracts the best and the brightest from across the world.

That Marine colonel, Todd Shane Tomko, was the former commander of the Marines' Wounded Warrior Regiment, but according to his defense attorney and to Chief of Staff Kelly and other character witnesses at his court-martial, he had spiraled rapidly as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

After it was all said and done and Porter was tossed to the curb, Kelly backtracked and said he was "shocked" by the full extent of the allegations of abuse, which he deemed unacceptable.

Willoughby said Porter asked her to say she had taken some "liberties with that therapeutic post", but, she said, "when I thought about it, I didn't". Holderness has a blackened right eye and a swollen cheekbone. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said in the statement. The Intercept published pictures Wednesday that showed one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye after he allegedly attacked her. She said he returned the next day and broke glass in the door with his fist.

But she also was forthright in explaining that those powers to twist and spin have allowed Porter to avoid coming to grips with his own behavior.

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