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The Rob Porter debacle becomes the Rob Porter scandal

10 February 2018, 06:45 | Kara Nash

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White House staff secretary Rob Porter Comes After Abuse Allegations

Cummings recently revealed that the Department of Defense approved 165 interim security clearances over a three-year period, giving access to the government's sensitive and secret information to people who later failed background checks.

Further, Porter is reportedly involved in a romantic relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks.

President Trump was not aware of Porter's security clearance status, Shah said, and didn't find out about the allegations against Porter until Tuesday evening.

Two years ago, before President Trump was President Trump, before White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned in the wake of domestic abuse accusations, current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared as a character witness in a court-martial of a Marine colonel who was accused of sexually harassing two woman subordinates.

The White House officials told Hatch's office that the story was the product of a "smear campaign" being orchestrated against Porter by his political enemies. Their accounts of Porter's conduct are harrowing, but attention has also been focused on the White House response to the allegations going public. Later that evening, he released a second statement, saying that he "was shocked by the new allegations" and that "there is no place for domestic violence in our society".

Raj Shah, the Deputy Press Secretary of President Donald Trump, has addressed a media briefing at the White House, becoming the first Indian-American to do so.

"If you had agreed to any of our previous requests for information on these matters, the White House would have been required to answer key questions about why Mr".

Taken together, "all the grown-ups in the room protected, privileged, and covered for Rob Porter despite everything they knew about his pattern of abuse, because his career was important to them", says Slate's Dahlia Lithwick.

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But as CNN reported Thursday, it was widely known by early fall of a year ago among top aides - Kelly included - that Porter was facing trouble obtaining security clearance and that he had allegedly abused his ex-wives.

Porter has denied the allegations.

On Thursday, amid the growing controversy, Shah said Porter had cleaned out his desk that morning and would not be back. Though he is coy about what he's getting at when he asks about Mulvaney, most aides and associates assume he is referencing the chief of staff position.

Trump's senior aides knew for months about the allegations levied against Porter by his ex-wives, even as Porter's stock in the West Wing continued to rise, multiple sources have told CNN. We saw it with Roy Moore and his accusers, many of whom say they were under 18 when Moore, then in his 30s, pursued and in some cases sexually assaulted them. Willoughby filed a temporary protective order after the alleged incident.

'I was part of the background check and I was completely honest with my experience of the marriage, telling them instances of abuse or police contact, ' stated Willoughby.

Chief of Staff John Kelly learned this fall about the allegations of spousal abuse and that they were delaying Porter's security clearance amid an ongoing FBI investigation. "Your ability to explain that he was not just some terrible person and you were not just a victim, was very accurate and left me in tears". She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent.

President Trump was not told of the accusations until this week, two senior officials said, after they were first published by the Daily Mail, and he had grown fond of Porter in his job, which often put him by the president's side. Holderness says Porter kicked her, chocked her, and punched her in the face on their honeymoon.



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