White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

White House officials scrambled to protect Porter

Despite his resignation, Porter hit back at the accusations.

Porter's two ex-wives made those allegations, which led to Porter's resignation on Wednesday.

Less than 15 hours later, however, after DailyMail published the black-eye photos and Porter resigned his position, Hatch backpedaled and said he didn't know what Porter may have done in the years before he knew him.

"I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign", he added.

Porter's role was under-the-radar, and Trump himself remained largely unfamiliar with him for weeks before his role was explained. He gave no date for his departure.

Porter functioned as Chief of Staff John Kelly's chief enforcer in their shared mission to instill discipline and order in what had become an extraordinarily chaotic West Wing.

Trump's desk, including the wave of executive orders and actions that Trump inked during the first months of his tenure.

Willoughby, who married Porter in 2009, alleges that he violated their separation agreement in 2010 visiting her residence and punching a window.

The accusations against Porter were a surprise to many at the White House, who have seen the lanky aide as a mild-mannered, easy-going adviser.

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"When he heard me on the phone with the police", Willoughby wrote in the complaint, "he apologized and begged me not to involve them".

Porter's former wives recounted physical, verbal and emotional abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages. Porter said in his statement. "I am proud to serve alongside him", the statement from Kelly read.

Sanders also declined to discuss specifics about Porter's security clearance. The Intercept, who broke the story earlier on Wednesday, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of the allegations and interviewed both of his ex-wives who accused him of domestic abuse when he applied for White House security clearance.

Congressional Democrats have been trying for months to get the White House to provide information about its security clearance process, including how many White House aides have been granted interim clearances because of issues that arose during their Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks.

Nevertheless, Chief of staff John Kelly called Porter "a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him". "It's unclear what kind of vetting process was followed in this case", Maloney said in a statement.

Hatch issued a statement strongly supporting Porter, his former chief of staff, on Tuesday, calling the reports a "vile attack" and a "cynical campaign to discredit his character".

Porter announced Wednesday that he would resign, though he did not specify when his last day will be.

"He worked for me [and] he did a tremendous job", Hatch said. If a White House would have changed their story, or been reluctant to fire the man who committed acts of domestic violence the howls of scorn would have been volcanic, but in the Trump White House a man who commits crimes against women is a typical Wednesday.

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