Second White House Official Resigns Over Abuse Claims


White House officials initially said they were unaware of the allegations, but it was later reported that some top aides, including chief of staff John Kelly, knew for several months.

He says "some are true and some are false" but says there's "no recovery for someone falsely accused". CNN previously reported that a source familiar with the matter said Porter's ex-girlfriend called White House counsel Donald McGahn in recent weeks to inform him of abuse allegations, and added that whatever McGahn did with the information clearly wasn't enough.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he believes is a lack of due process for "someone falsely accused".

Rob Porter "did a great job while he was at the White House".

Trump's tweets come hours after David Sorensen, a speechwriter in his administration, resigned amid speculation of domestic abuse on Friday night.

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"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", he said, adding that he had consulted with an attorney and was "considering legal options to address her defamation".

"He denied the allegations and he resigned today", spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement to the Post. "Their lives are forever changed", Leahy tweeted.

A few days after Porter's resignation, a second White House aide left due to domestic abuse allegations.

Sorensen's resignation came as the Post was reporting a story on Corbett's claims, which included that he ran a auto over her foot, rubbed a burning cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall. The president made no mention of the women Mr.

"He says it didn't happen", the president told reporters at the White House.

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That prompted a sharp rebuke from Democrats like Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who slammed the White House's "culture of misogyny". "I'm going to keep standing with them, and trusting them, even if the President won't", the Washington senator tweeted, along with a subtweet of Trump's original message.

In Porter's case, both of his ex-wives told a news publication that he had physically and verbally abused them.

Trump has long cautioned against jumping to conclusions in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, including those directed at him by more than a dozen women.

The FBI initiates a background check, but the White House Office of Presidential Personnel must sign off on clearances for the process to move forward; if they fail to do so, the staffer in question is stuck with an interim clearance.

"I was appalled when I learned of the allegations against Rob Porter", Pence said in an NBC interview Friday from South Korea, where he was attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

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Routinely, Trump has accepted claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations, including Fox News head Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of inappropriate contact with teenage girls.