Rob Porter's Second Wife: I Am Not Part of a Smear Campaign

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Shah told reporters that President Donald Trump was not aware of any issues with Porter's security clearance before Tuesday and "was surprised" by the abuse allegations.

Porter resigned Wednesday, but he denies the allegations.

We're long past the point of expecting this administration to express genuine concern for any individual outside, much less a woman who accuses a member of the team of misconduct.

Shah said the original support for Porter from the White House was based on incomplete information.

"We should not short-circuit an investigation just because allegations are made, unless they could compromise national security, or interfere with operations at the White House", Shah said.

President Donald Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with Hope Hicks, his communications director and one of his closest confidantes, amid the fallout from the Rob Porter scandal, people familiar with the matter say.

Kelly planned to fire those who were denied security clearances, but had not yet done so, according to Politico. He also played a vital role in helping Kelly try to bring order to the White House.

On that call, Porter asked Willoughby to downplay the allegations of abuse she was making against him, a request that she did not honor before publishing her post, entitled Why I Stayed.

The sad fact of the matter is that this White House has no standards for conduct among its employees, because the head honcho is the worst behaved of all of them.

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At the court-martial, Kelly praised the colonel as a "superb Marine officer", as The New York Times reported Thursday. McGahn made other officials aware of the accusations she communicated but took no concrete steps, the official said. His last day at the White House was Thursday.

The episode is a staffing embarrassment for Trump and could threaten Kelly's standing in the White House, some say.

But some commentators are questioning whether the White House turned a blind eye.

Ahead of his debut behind press briefing podium, his boss Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, described him as one of the best and the brightest in the Trump Administration. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent. "His pathetic defense of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility".

"The allegations against Rob Porter are serious and deeply troubling", Shah said. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said in the statement.

Earlier this week, The Daily Mail reported on the record accusations by Porter's two ex-wives, alleging Porter had physically and verbally abused them.

The media also broadcast-ed photographs of the first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, with a purplish eye purportedly from a punch given by Porter.

Kelly released a second statement on Wednesday saying he stood by his previous comments about Porter, but adding that he was "shocked" by the allegations. According to reports, he told congressional Democrats that the president was "uninformed" during the campaign when he promised a physical barrier spanning the entirety of the Southern border paid for by Mexico.

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