Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, shared photos with The Intercept website which showed what her face looked like after Porter allegedly punched her while on vacation. "I thought by sharing my story with the Federal Bureau of Investigation he wouldn't be put in that post", Holderness says, explaining that she voiced concerns he could be blackmailed because of the number of people who knew about her situation. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable.
After the story was published, Kelly's statement immediately raised eyebrows for its full-throated support of an alleged domestic violence perpetrator, but Kelly reportedly didn't write it alone.
The episode is another staffing embarrassment for Trump and may threaten Kelly's standing in the White House. Talking about his resignation, he has said that he "will seek to ensure a smooth transition when he leaves the White House".
Hopefully, Hicks and Porter have a backup plan, now that rumors are circulating about their relationship and could potentially affect Hicks' job.
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She also filed for an emergency protective order against Porter, stemming from a June 2010 incident in which, according to a criminal complaint reviewed by ABC News, she alleges that Porter refused to leave her apartment - where she was living during their separation.
Shah, who began his maiden briefing two-and-three-quarter hours later than scheduled, insisted that Trump still has confidence in Kelly and his communications director, Hope Hicks, who had recused herself from "some matters" regarding Porter.
Kelly called Porter "a man of true integrity and honor". The White House faced backlash after several officials praised Porter following the news.
Rob Porter was Mr Kelly's right-hand man inside the West Wing, a gatekeeper to the Oval Office who controlled the information reaching Mr Trump's desk. I can't say enough good things about him. His former boss issued a statement Wednesday following the allegations.
Shah stressed Porter denies the allegations. He nearly always accompanied the president when he traveled, and frequently could be seen near Trump as he boarded Marine One and Air Force One. The White House is nearing the end of their allotted time to ask for redactions or block the memo's release. He also helped draft Trump's recent State of the Union address. "What he's done as chief of staff doesn't undo what he did as a heroic war figure, but it diminishes him a person and that's regrettable".