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Rob Porter: John Kelly 'shocked' by Trump aide abuse claims

Rob Porter: John Kelly 'shocked' by Trump aide abuse claims

The attractive White House Communications Director is reportedly dating Rob Porter, 40, President Donald Trump 's Staff Secretary who left the White House on February 7 after Willoughby, 39, and another ex-wife came forward with horrifying allegations of physical and emotional abuse. "I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation", Kelly said.

Just a day later however Kelly issued a statement saying "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter".

"I don't think that he has done the self reflective work to acknowledge this issue", she said about the allegedly abusive behavior.

Trump himself first learned of the allegations this week, two sources familiar with the matter said. Porter chose to quit Wednesday after photos of ex-wife Colbie Holderness' black eye emerged.

White House staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wife Jennie Willoughby wrote about her experience in an abusive relationship on a blog post titled "Why I Stayed" in late April 2017.




Porter, who was working under an interim security clearance amid a background check, has denied the allegations as "simply false", but resigned from his position Wednesday. In a tweeted statement, Hatch said he was "heartbroken by the allegations" against Porter.

Porter had told people in the West Wing, including Kelly, that his exes were trying to smear him, according to the official.

"I know Rob. I've known him for years, both as a close friend and as a personal advisor".

The CoS was aware of the allegations since Porter has not, since his arrival in the White House, been able to get national security clearance because of the FBI's knowledge of these incidents. "He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said. He also told CNN that he was shocked to hear about the domestic abuse allegations again Porter. The extent to which the Federal Bureau of Investigation passed on that information to the White House is unclear. And if you have not had it already, you will have it, "she said". President Donald Trump warned investors Wednesday that selling amid a strong economy was a "mistake".

"It's important to remember that Rob Porter has repeatedly denied these allegations and has done so publicly", Shah said Thursday. Porter's second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, provided reporters with a protective order she filed with authorities in June 2010 after Porter violated their separation agreement and refused to leave her apartment, punching through glass on her door. He is a a Harvard Law School graduate and worked as chief of staff to Utah Republican Sen.


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