Trump Trusts John Kelly Despite Official Scandal Accusation

It has since emerged that Porter did not receive full security clearance because of the allegations, but nevertheless worked at the president's side day in and day out, handling highly classified material.

White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned this week after reports emerged that both his ex-wives had accused him of physically and emotionally abusive behavior.

"The President wants to see legal immigration reforms". The two men had lunch at the White House in recent weeks, before the Porter scandal erupted.

At the court-martial, Kelly praised the colonel as a "superb Marine officer", as The New York Times reported Thursday.

Trump's comments Friday were a sharp contrast to those of Vice-President Mike Pence, who told NBC's Lester Holt "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse".

When asked what he had asked her to say, Willoughby responded: 'I don't remember the exact wording, but it was something along the lines of the post does not accurately depict my marriage.

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

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. Porter was in the building for a short period to clean out his desk, Shah said. The first impulse from the West Wing was to defend Porter at all costs, an effort which included reaching out to the office of Senator Orrin Hatch-who recently told Donald Trump he could be a better president than Abraham Lincoln-where Porter served as chief of staff before joining the Trump administration.

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Talk about Porter's past started spreading throughout the White House after a former girlfriend told McGahn in November that he should investigate the abuse alleged by the ex-wives, according to people familiar with the matter.

Willoughby said Porter asked her to say she had taken some "liberties with that therapeutic post", but, she said, "when I thought about it, I didn't".

"White House chief of staff John Kelly must resign", Van Pelt said in a statement released earlier this week. "I told him I'm going to tell them the truth", she said.

Willoughby told the "Today" show Friday that she filed a temporary protective order against Porter after he punched in a door at their home while they were separated, because she "really didn't know what else he was capable of".

The White House has pushed back against allegations of sexual harassment and assault by President Trump himself.

"He had asked me multiple times to take down my Instagram post", she said, referring to a post in which she described abuse in a general terms, but without using his name.

"There was no coordination of this", she said.

While domestic violence can begin at any point in a relationship, it's a "very common story that it's only after the couple are married that the violence, or certainly the more severe physical violence, begins", said Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy at Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending violence against women and children. The Intercept published pictures Wednesday that showed one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye after he allegedly attacked her. "His clearance was never denied, and he resigned", Shah added. Law enforcement officials said the FBI does not make any security clearance determinations or recommendations, but rather provides a report at the end of an investigation to the hiring agency, which makes the decision.

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