White House Aware Trump Aide Allegedly Abused Former Wives Before Revealed in Media

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him,” said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Rob Porter with President Donald Trump. / REUTERS

Rob Porter, a top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly responsible for the paper flow to President Trump’s desk, announced Wednesday that he would resign following accusations of domestic abuse from two former wives.

In an article published Tuesday on DailyMail.com, Colbie Holderness, Porter’s first wife, and Jennifer Willoughby, his second wife, said he was physically and emotionally abusive.

“These outrageous allegations are simply false,” Porter, who is currently dating White House communications director Hope Hicks, said in a statement.

After the initial reports of the abuse allegations surfaced Tuesday against Porter, both Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued statements supporting him.

“Consistent with the practice of past administrations, issues related to an individual’s suitability are reviewed through a thorough and lengthy background check process,” Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary. The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.”

Huckabee Sanders told DailyMail.com: “I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character.”

Kelly said that he’s proud to work with Porter, 40, a rising star in the Trump administration.

“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him,” Kelly said in a statement on Tuesday.

For an article published Wednesday on Intercept.com, Holderness provided photos of injuries including a black eye.

After Porter resigned on Wednesday amid the scandal, Kelly issued a new statement, but doubled down on his admiration for the top aide.

“I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” he said.

“I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation,” he continued. “I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.”

However, multiple people in the White House were aware of the allegations before the media reported them.

According to CBS News: “In a June 2010 statement to authorities in Arlington, Va., Willoughby said Porter punched the glass on their front door. ‘I called the police,’” she wrote. ‘I was afraid he would break in.’

“Willoughby wrote on Instagram in April 2017: ‘Just after our one-year anniversary, he pulled me, naked and dripping, from the shower to yell at me … When I tried to get help, I was counseled to consider carefully how what I said might affect his career. And so I kept my mouth shut and stayed.’”

When the FBI conducted a background check on Porter last year, the bureau learned of his reported history of domestic abuse, according to Intercept.com.

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  • Why is anyone surprised? Just add him to the list of deplorable’s who voted for trump and who he choses to surround himself with.

  • When I saw the photo of Holderness with the black eye, I thought of similar photos of Nicole Brown Simpson. Based on everything we now know about the President and the sycophants with whom he has surrounded himself, I expect that they would have instantly believed Nicole; whereas, they side with Holderness’ alleged attacker. Boy, Trump — and Hope Hicks — really know how to pick ’em, don’t they?

  • This makes my blood boil! A history of domestic violence, and the WH knew of it prior to the story going public! Then here comes the WH spin, “we stand behind him, he has integrity, blah blah blah!” What the WH is really saying is, “we endorse his behavior because he’s one of us.” Furthermore, I’m willing to bet he could care less about the bad exposure, and or any pending/potential legal liabilities, as he is part of a white male supremacist system. rob porter you are a COWARD period!!!

  • Just for situational awareness,

    People with classified eligibility or classified access (security clearances) are involved in domestic violence and/or incidents more serious everyday on a reoccurring basis. So this situation is no different. Trump’s White House handled this situation incorrectly choosing to ignore it completely. People employed by federal government agencies are involved in derogatory incidents are sometimes given the opportunities to receive treatment and/or due process from civil courts if the offense involved law enforcement.

    Guess what I’m trying to say is Porter’s acts of domestic violence aren’t necessarily a job ender if the accused was directed to find help for his condition and abusive acts. This also comes in the form of written and verbal counseling from his superiors at the White House as means of working with the employee to a certain point. By this not happening, Trump’s White House integrity is continually contested from acts they could have prevented by simply doing the right thing while keeping Porter on the payroll.

    • That has been my experience as well – I held a TS/SCI clearance for almost 10 years. The process is very thorough. Kelly and stagg all knew there was a big problem. But when the boss cheated on his first wife with his second wife, took the 5th amendment 97 times in his second divorce and had to pay a porn star to keep quiet about a dalliance with his third wife when their child was an infant, what’s the standard for behavior. A black eye is a shrug of the shoulder when the boss (Trump) couldn’t get a clearance for buying a hotdog.

      This is the problem with having a low bar. Men with incredible potential for being extorted have access to the most sensitive information the country has. Why do you think Putin is so happy with our orange charlatan?

      Food for thought: Boy Jared’s clearance hasn’t come through either.

      • Agree! The what’s good for the goose is good for the gander isn’t being applied. Personnel in high positions are ripe for exploitation by enemies, adversaries and allies. A system’s only as good as the participants willing to follow its rules.

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