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Rob Porter's Second Wife: I Am Not Part of a Smear Campaign

Rob Porter's Second Wife: I Am Not Part of a Smear Campaign

Shah also sought to address news reports that Porter's ex-wives had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the alleged abuse months ago as part of a background check on Porter that was being conducted so that he could obtain a security clearance.

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.

A lawyer by training, Porter spent months overseeing the flow of executive orders and other paperwork crossing Donald Trump's desk, and vetted documents requiring the president's signature.

Jennifer Willoughby, the second wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, Friday denied his claims that she is part of a coordinated campaign to smear his reputation with allegations of spousal abuse. "He wants to see us move from a process that now exists in law of extended family chain migration toward merit-based immigration reforms", White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters during his first ever White House press conference. When the news of Porter's resignation broke, Axios reported that White House senior staff, including Kelly, encouraged Porter to "stay and fight" rather than resign.

The Washington Post reported late Thursday night that the White House counsel was told four times about the seriousness of the abuse allegations against Porter, but the counsel chose to ignore them because Porter was a "steadying, professional voice" in the White House.

Cummings has repeatedly pressed Gowdy to subpoena the White House - and asked the White House directly - for information regarding the security clearances Lt. Gen.

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"I want you to know that we all take matters of domestic violence very seriously".

Ahead of his debut behind press briefing podium, his boss Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, described him as one of the best and the brightest in the Trump Administration.

On Thursday, amid the growing controversy, Shah said Porter had cleaned out his desk that morning and would not be back.

Porter resigned Wednesday amid accusations from two ex-wives of physical abuse, with one telling news outlets of incidents years ago in which Porter punched her in the face and choked her. Others say drastic moves - such as firing Kelly - would only plunge the West Wing into further chaos.

The Intercept published a picture of Holderness with a black eye. "His pathetic defense of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility". Meanwhile, a photo of Holderness, with a black eye she says she got when Porter hit her, has been circulated. She said he returned the next day and broke glass in the door with his fist. It's unclear what he told investigators. Even when they were confronted with information about Porter that they didn't care to seek out themselves - as they were promoting him up the ranks - they played it off as if it were a minor nuisance. She's said in interviews that she was afraid enough of Porter to call the police to their home, and that by three years into their marriage she felt like "a shell of a person".


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