White House Aide Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

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One statement offered a strong defense of Porter, while another was less robust and carried a sharply different tone as Porter faces allegations of abuse from his two former wives.

Not long after news of Porter's resignation hit Twitter, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a briefing, and blasted the reports by the Mail. "It won't be immediate".

Axios reported that Porter was not pressured to resign.

In his statement on Wednesday night, Kelly 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 then added that he will "seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House", indicating he would not be leaving the administration immediately.

When John Kelly replaced Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff, Porter's role expanded. Still, other White House aides told reporters that they were shocked at the revelations.

GettyPorter pictured with Stephen Miller in February 2018.

The violence escalated to where Porter was choking his wife.

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CNN said it spoke to Holderness's brother Trevor Paulson, who said she had confided in about the abuse. Though she doesn't use Porter's name in the piece, she blogs under her own. The piece refers to Holderness as being a "Mormon" and "the president of the Wellesley Alliance for Life, a pro-life group".

"I think his integrity and ability to do his job is impeccable", she told the Mail.

CNN's took a moment during his Wednesday show to remind audiences that President was once again further eroding "basic lines of human decency".

In 2011, Holderness remarried to U.S. Senate staffer Skiffington Holderness in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Before joining President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's administration, Porter worked for the Republican senator.

His first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com Mr Porter choked and punched her during the five years they were husband and wife. Some of the people marching alongside Nazis in and the Klan Charlottesville were very fine people, President Trump said, as he drew a line of moral equivalence of those who protested days after one of those Nazis drove purposefully into a crowd and killed Heather Heyer.

This incident reportedly led to Willoughby not attending a vacation with Porter's family that holiday season. Later that year, Willoughby filed a protective order against Porter after he wouldn't leave their apartment.

According to her complaint, Porter left only after she had asked him to leave several times, and he returned minutes later and "punched in the glass on the door", and tried to get into the apartment.

The Daily Mail interview includes a deluge of senior D.C. figures talking fondly about Porter. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch from Utah, and Rob Portman from Ohio.