Democrats slam Trump's praise of ex-staffer accused of domestic abuse

Democrats slam Trump's praise of ex-staffer accused of domestic abuse

Democrats slam Trump's praise of ex-staffer accused of domestic abuse

Jennifer Willoughby, whose allegations against Porter for domestic abuse surfaced in new reports this week, says the White House's reaction is emblematic of a widespread problem of disregarding testimonies of women.

But for White House staff, protected privacy may not cover all the information unearthed during the background check as the process consists of two separate reviews - one for clearance and one for suitability, Zaid said.

Though the accusations against Mr Porter became public this week, Mr Kelly learned last autumn that something was amiss with the staff secretary's attempts to get a security clearance. He said the abuse allegations would not automatically disqualify Porter. Kelly issued a statement after the allegations were first published by the Daily Mail on Tuesday, vehemently praising Porter as a "man of true integrity and honor". "He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional".

It is alleged Porter, 40, gave one ex-wife a black eye while another filed a restraining order. Kelly's new statement said he was "shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter".

A second White House staffer has departed the Trump administration in the wake of abuse allegations. McGahn told Kelly, as CBS News' Arden Farhi has reported, that Porter's ex-wives were saying things about Porter but Porter was denying the claims. He told the Post that Corbett was abusive toward him.

Mr Kelly, meanwhile, was Mr Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged.

"John Kelly would never look the other way at spousal abuse", the senior administration official told Farhi.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the administration has "full confidence in Jim to lead ONDCP to make significant strides in combating the opioids crisis, reducing drug use, and coordinating USA drug policy". Shah also said Kelly was not terminated, and is still chief of staff.

A White House spokesman said when confronted, Sorenson denied the allegations but resigned on Friday. Asked if Kelly had expressed a willingness to resign, Gidley said, not to his knowledge.

President Donald Trump has floated several potential replacements for Kelly to aides, sources told ABC.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted about Kelly's comments about both DACA recipients and his initial defense of Porter late Wednesday, highlighting them as two of his most controversial comments while in office.

The Washington Post detailed allegations his ex-wife Jessica Corbett made against him - including that he ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her by her hair while they were alone on their boat.

Donald Trump has said that a former aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives did a "very good job" at the White House.

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