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Questions that need answers after accused abuser Rob Porter's White House resignation

Questions that need answers after accused abuser Rob Porter's White House resignation”

Kelly's luster has slowly eroded during his roughly six months as Trump's top staffer - and some White House aides worry it may be acutely painful considering he takes personal pride in his honor as a lifelong public servant.

The matter came to light when the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted Porter's ex-wives while they were reviewing his security clearance. Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, alleged that he punched her in 2005.

This week, Kelly defended Porter on Tuesday after DailyMail.com published a detailed account of abuse by Porter's second wife.

Willoughby said that was the only time he ever got physical with her but alleges that his verbal and emotional abuse left her a "shell of a person" and they separated a year later before divorcing in 2013.

But on Wednesday evening, as photos of Porter's ex-wife with a black eye circulated, Kelly released another statement, writing, "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter".

Neither Holderness nor Willoughby could be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Porter had become an important aide to Kelly, who used the staff secretary as an enforcer inside the at-times unruly West Wing.

"We all could have done better over the last few hours, the last few days, in dealing with this ... but the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual we have come to know", Shah said. He also helped draft Trump's recent State of the Union address. "He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him", Kelly added.

Despite the allegations, Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders heaped praise on Porter.

"There is no place for domestic violence in our society", he said in a statement released on Wednesday night.

There also was the aforementioned October 19 news conference in which Kelly waxed about the degradation of America's societal values.

The allegations were leveled by Porter's two ex-wives and such is the grave nature of the allegations that the official has offered to resign.

Cummings has repeatedly pressed Gowdy to subpoena the White House - and asked the White House directly - for information regarding the security clearances Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser. "The President and Chief of Staff (John Kelly) have full confidence in his abilities and his performance", she said. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

The White House denied suggestions that it ignored security concerns flagged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Orrin Hatch. Porter also worked for Republican Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who declined comment. "Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable".



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