Second White House aide resigns over domestic abuse claims

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David Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Trump, reigned when he learnt that the Washington Post was working on a story detailing accusations of physical and emotional abuse by his ex-wife.

Trump explained his support by pointing to Porter's own claims of innocence, apparently dismissing both the allegations by the two women, the photograph, and the fact that one of them had received a temporary retraining order against Porter.

White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a member of President Donald Trump's inner circle and arguably Kelly's closest aide, cleaned out his desk on Thursday.

Porter's abrupt departure has raised questions about how long it took Trump's team to act on the accusations. He cited the 690,000 official DACA registrants and said that President Donald Trump effectively raised that number to include 1.8 million people. He told the Post that Corbett was abusive toward him. "I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", Portman said. Instead of a house of cards, Trump put together a house of predators, and one by one those predators are being exposed and removed from the White House.

The official said White House counsel Don McGahn was apprised of at least some of the accusations about Porter at least four times, including as early as January 2017.

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The comments came the day after White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to assure staff that the Trump administration takes domestic violence "very seriously".

And many, including the president himself, have turned their ire on Kelly for vouching for Porter's character and falsely asserting that he had moved aggressively to oust him once his misdeeds were discovered. According to a source, Hicks did not get a sign off from Trump for the White House's initial statement defending Porter, in which Kelly was quoted calling Porter a "man of true integrity". He then butted head with Cooper and the fellow panelists as to whether Trump's "sad" remark was meant for Porter or for everyone including his victims.

The emerging timetable illustrates the degree to which Porter, a clean-cut and ambitious former Rhodes scholar and Harvard-educated lawyer, concealed troublesome episodes from his past that would normally be considered disqualifying for a senior White House aide.

"We all could have done better over the last few hours, the last few days, in dealing with this", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, making his debut appearance at the daily press briefing, said. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. A month later, Corbett says, she outlined her allegations of abuse to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who interviewed her as part of Sorensen's background check.

"Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary".

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