Trump Defends Accused Domestic Abusers: 'No Recovery for Someone Falsely Accused'

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter on Nov. 29

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter on Nov. 29

Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's chief budget officer, is in the spotlight this week as staffers consider what might happen if White House chief of staff John Kelly leaves in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal.

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him", Kelly said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Sorensen is now the second White House staffer within the past week to resign after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.

On Friday, speechwriter David Sorensen also resigned after the White House learned of allegations against him.

Kayleigh McEnany, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, delivered a firm denouncement of domestic violence on Saturday as the White House faces criticism over its handling of abuse allegations against a former aide.

When the allegations first emerged against Mr Porter a number of senior aides rallied around him, and the White House acknowledged that personal relationships may have played a role in their response. The Post claims that Corbett provided text messages from the time the incidents occurred as well as a photo of her hand showing the cigarette burns from the alleged abuse. Sorensen was an adviser to Maine Governor Paul LePage, who said no accusations were brought to his attention.

As for criticism that the White House did not sufficiently vet Porter, Fleischer said there is no way to get to the bottom of it without knowing the specifics of what Porter's ex-wives told FBI investigators as part of Porter obtaining a security clearance. Corbett told the Post that she informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of his behavior.

Sorensen also claimed that his wife was the abuser. "That being said, I think the White House has acknowledged that they could have handled it better". "After one such episode, he said, he attempted to leave in his vehicle and she ran after him as he was pulling away, injuring herself in the process".

The couple finalized their divorce in September.

Holderness accused him of punching and choking her and Willoughby described how he had once dragged her naked out of the shower to berate her. "But you know this was a Rob Porter that I and many others have dealt with, that Sarah (Sanders) had dealt with, that other officials, including the chief of staff had dealt with". He denied the allegations as a "smear campaign", and Kelly continued to voice support for him.

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House", said Trump - who's himself accused of sexually assaulting or harassing at least 19 women.

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