White House Faces Questions About Key Aide's Employment

White House Faces Questions About Key Aide's Employment

Porter's title of staff secretary belies the role's importance in any White House - but especially in Trump's.

Hope Hicks is the enigma of the Trump administration. When Trump barged into a session with reporters that Kelly was holding in his office last month, some West Wing tea leaf watchers interpreted the move as a slight against the chief of staff. "But he is resigning from the White House but is going to stay on to ensure that there's a smooth transition moving forward".

Mr Porter rejected the allegations in a statement read by the White House press secretary on Wednesday.

"I do not know the details of Rob's personal life", he said. "My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor", Hatch said. "Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable".

Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff.

Porter previously served as chief of staff for Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) from June 2013 to March 2014.

Nuzzi, now the Washington correspondent for NY magazine, told CNN that "you can't judge Hope Hicks the way you'd judge a typical political PR professional".

Hicks and Porter aren't the only couple in the Trump White House, as Business Insider's Kate Taylor reported.

"Combining both their tenures, the father-son duo has advised almost every Republican administration since Gerald Ford", Utah's Deseret News said in an opinion piece previous year.

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The clip had 3.1 million views and more than 34,000 shares as of Saturday morning. She says she's "freaking out" over the news. "Way better, way better".

Chris Whipple, author of a history of White House chiefs of staff, said Kelly's management of the Porter situation reveals him to be "politically inept".

Several major news outlets are now claiming that the White House already knew about the domestic violence accusations against Porter via his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check in 2017.

At first, Kelly defended Porter as "a man of true integrity and honor".

Asked why Kelly initially backed Porter before later saying he was "shocked", Shah said that Kelly at first was not "fully aware" of the abuse claims made by Porter's ex-wives.

"There is no place for domestic violence in our society", he said.

"But, you know, this was a Rob Porter that I and many others have dealt with, that Sarah had dealt with, that other officials including the chief of staff had dealt with, and the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual we had come to know".

His first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the publication that Porter was "verbally, emotionally and physically abusive" to her. The Intercept published an interview Wednesday with Holderness in which she alleged that Porter had punched her while on vacation, and she provided the publication a photo of herself with a black eye.

One wife of the official has even produced pictures of her blackened eye alleging that it was a result of physical abuse that she suffered at the hands of Rob Porter. She took out the protective order against him in after he allegedly violated a separation agreement and punched through glass in the door of their home, cutting himself.

Porter, a senior adviser who is in charge of much of the documentation that goes to President Donald Trump for his signature, announced his resignation in a statement after his former wives made accusations against him in published reports.

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