The Rob Porter debacle becomes the Rob Porter scandal

10 February, 2018, 06:44 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • US White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigns after domestic abuse allegations

Porter was operating with an interim security clearance at the time of his resignation Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump was "saddened" by the domestic violence allegations against his former staff secretary Rob Porter, the White House has said. There was no action to remove Porter from the White House staff, however. Their accounts of Porter's conduct are harrowing, but attention has also been focused on the White House response to the allegations going public.

Routinely, Trump has accepted claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations, including Fox News head Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of molesting teenage girls. The allegations have cost Porter his position as White House staff secretary while also injecting another scandal into the chaotic Trump administration.

Taken together, "all the grown-ups in the room protected, privileged, and covered for Rob Porter despite everything they knew about his pattern of abuse, because his career was important to them", says Slate's Dahlia Lithwick.

Shah, 33, has held this position since September a year ago.

Porter denied the allegations but resigned on Wednesday.

Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told CNN that on the honeymoon after their 2009 wedding, "He started calling me names, calling me a "f***ing bitch, ' how I behaved was 'f***ing ridiculous" and most of that was instigated around my not having sex with him often enough on our honeymoon".

A president's staff secretary typically would be cleared for a level of security called Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information, allowing him or her to handle extremely sensitive information, according to a former White House official with knowledge of the process. "The truth must be determined", Shah said.

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That Marine colonel, Todd Shane Tomko, was the former commander of the Marines' Wounded Warrior Regiment, but according to his defense attorney and to Chief of Staff Kelly and other character witnesses at his court-martial, he had spiraled rapidly as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. She told Cooper that Kelly may well have believed Porter's downplayed version of events-an indication of Porter's manipulative tendencies, and Kelly's remarkable reluctance to investigate whether one of his close confidantes was actually an abuser of women.

Kelly went on to infuriate immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers on February 6 when he said some young immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had failed to apply for the legal protections because they were too afraid - or "too lazy to get off their asses".

'I was part of the background check and I was completely honest with my experience of the marriage, telling them instances of abuse or police contact, ' stated Willoughby.

Willoughby also shed new light on the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check into Porter while on Today, and revealed that her ex-husband knew she had said multiple damning statements.

Just as troubling, in my mind, are reports that Chief of Staff John Kelly also knew that Porter was never going to receive a security clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More than 15 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent.

"There are many knives against him".

On Thursday, the Post also reported that Porter has been explaining the pictures of Holderness' black eye, which she has distributed to the media, saying that "they were arguing over a vase, and she was somehow hit with the vase". When Porter resigned on Wednesday, Kelly offered only a glowing statement of the senior aide.


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