Top Trump aides defend White House response to Porter abuse allegations

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro blames Barack Obama for Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal in Trump's White House

Trump's latest tweet comes at a time when many Republicans would prefer to see Trump keep the spotlight on a generally healthy economy and December's big tax cuts.

He expressed his concern for the people whose lives are "being shattered and destroyed" by a "mere allegation". "Some are true and some are false", he wrote. Some are old and some are new.

"The president believes you have to consider all sides", Conway said when asked if Trump believed that Porter was falsely accused of spousal abuse.

"The president supports victims of domestic violence and believes everybody should be treated fairly and with due process", Sanders said.

According to White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, Kelly was "fully aware" of the allegations against Porter. "And you have to, as chief of staff, be able to competently run the place". Among the names being considered: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

There was no sign that a move was imminent, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations.

In January, The Wall Street Journal reported that his lawyer paid hush money to a former porn star prior to the election to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. "And he will step aside anytime the president doesn't want him to be there". At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter. Kelly told aides he secured the resignation within 40 minutes. His evidence, one person familiar with the matter said, was a photo The Intercept published showing one ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, with a black eye she said had been inflicted by Porter.

Trump's legislative liaison Marc Short denied that Kelly had offered to resign and said he was doing an outstanding job. The staff secretary resigned later Wednesday.

Trump spoke well of Porter on Friday, two days after a photo of his former wife was released.

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Trump, as well as White House figures like John Kelly, initially supported Porter, meeting the allegations with a knee-jerk skepticism toward the accuser.

Wynn "has been accused and has been condemned without any due process", Mulvaney said.

Before turning to the media, the two women reportedly relayed their stories to the FBI during Porter's background investigation. "And literally that was it".

"The President tells me he learned when the rest of us did, the pictures, the police reports, the information provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

In posts on Twitter Monday, Corbett said she dealt with it for years and friends feared for her safety.

Sorensen tells CBS News was the one who was abused. Not looking deeper into the allegations against the former aide was a misstep - but it's not a scandal.

Porter is accused by two ex-wives of physical and verbal abuse.

"That's like saying, 'That ax murderer out there, he's a great painter, ' " Biden told an audience of fraternity and sorority students in Indianapolis. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful career".

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