White House Press Briefing With Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah

White House Press Briefing With Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly changed his tune in response to revelations that Staff Secretary Rob Porter had been accused by two of his ex-wives of domestic violence-but his initial reaction, defending him, mirrors a trend throughout President Donald Trump's administration.

Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him. In addition to the difficult time Shah had nailing down a consistent narrative regarding what senior White House staffers knew about the abuse allegations and when, he also had a hard time confirming if Porter resigned of his own accord or if he was sacked.

His ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, both recounted stories of Mr Porter's alleged misconduct.

Porter's ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the DailyMail.com - the US website of a United Kingdom tabloid - that he had difficulty controlling his anger and at one point pulled her out of the shower and yelled at her. Shah said Kelly had not seen the pictures before they were released online but would not say when senior White House officials became aware of the allegations.

Holderness did not respond to attempts to contact her by telephone and email.

Kelly on Tuesday issued a statement supporting Porter. She told the publication Porter punched her while they were on vacation.

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"It is important to remember that Rob Porter has repeatedly denied these allegations and done so publicly".

A USA TODAY report last February found that five executive orders the staff secretary sent to the Federal Register for official publication were different from those released to the press - leading to a rare correction of the record. "His values were very powerfully formed and it's just hard for me to find in my memory of my service with him a flaw".

Top Trump aide Hope Hicks has found herself at the center of the domestic abuse scandal that's rocking The White House. Porter did not have the permanent security clearance that aides of his rank always have. "He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional".

Mr Prorter is the third high profile member of Trump's administration to resign in recent times after Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his role following several weeks of harsh criticism targeted at the US President.

According to her complaint, when Ms. Willoughby asked him to leave, he did, but he returned minutes later and "punched in the glass on the door", and tried to get into the apartment so Ms. Willoughby would take him to get medical attention.

The likes of Gorka and Scaramcucci appear nearly weekly on television networks, especially the Trump-friendly Fox News.

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