Rob Porter Wasn't Only One In Trump's Admin Who Lacks Full Clearance

John Kelly

John Kelly

David Sorensen, a speechwriter to President Trump, stepped down Friday night amid shocking allegations that he physically and emotionally abused his ex-wife - the second White House adviser to step down over domestic abuse claims in as many days, according to a report.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter to depart with U.S. President Donald Trump aboard the Marine One helicopter from the White House in Washington, U.S. November 29, 2017.

Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, resigned on Wednesday after news outlets published his ex-wives' allegations.

The Washington Post detailed allegations his ex-wife Jessica Corbett made against him - including that he ran a vehicle 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.

"We certainly wish him well, and it's a tough time for him", Trump said in the Oval Office.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have tried to press the issue regarding the Trump White House, though Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said in a letter Thursday that their efforts have been largely stymied.

If Trump is willing to acknowledge that Porter indeed abused his two ex-wives as well a former girlfriend, then Pandora's box is opened on him. "He also as you probably know, says he is innocent and I think you have to remember that".

Corbett called it "scary" that a person like Sorensen was allowed to remain in the White House after what she had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The White House official said that staffers felt misled about how Porter downplayed the allegations, both to Kelly and McGahn.

In what conceivable circumstances would POTUS or any other Porter sympathizer conclude that there's no reason to question a woman's claims of abuse? "And we hope he has a wonderful career".

Pressure is mounting on White House chief of staff John Kelly amid questions about his defense of a senior aide he fought to keep in a highly sensitive West Wing job despite accusations of spousal abuse from two ex-wives. "I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign". "That's what President Trump does when it comes to abuse and assault by men of women".

"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", he said in a statement to the Post.

The White House claims that the backlog of interim security clearances is a effect of the review process carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House Office of Security, which can take time to complete.

Hicks, perhaps Trump's most trusted aide, had helped craft the response to the scandal as White House communications director, despite being romantically involved with Porter.

The White House, Cummings wrote, had not responded to his requests for information related to several officials' security clearances, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the Republican chairman of the committee, had blocked any move toward a subpoena.

The White House was already under scrutiny over its handling of Porter's departure who announced his resignation on Wednesday.

"There's no tolerance in this White House, and no place in America for domestic abuse", Pence said in an interview with Lester Holt.

The president never even mentioned the seriousness of the domestic violence allegations, nor Porter's ex-wives.

"I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it", the president said.

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