Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

White House Speechwriter Resigns After Accusations of Domestic Violence and Abuse

White House Speechwriter Resigns After Accusations of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Porter resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he had abused two former ex-wives. The FBI, investigating allegations, did not give him a full clearance.

The president's son-in-law and close adviser has been allowed to see materials, including the President's Daily Brief, that are among the most sensitive in government.

As to whether he believed that Russian Federation interfered or not, Trump said he was "with our agencies".

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Corbett also told the Post that she feared for her life during an incident on a boat where Sorensen grasped her menacingly by her hair.

But while McGahn privately informed Porter and encouraged him to consider moving on, according to one of the two people briefed, no action was taken to immediately terminate him. "This is absolutely not true, " Gidley said in a statement. And she certainly doesn't deserve to be able to keep her head down and avoid the blowback from the fallout from how she tried to protect her boyfriend's reputation during his exit from the White House.

'I was surprised by it. No matter how dedicated and efficient the White House communications director is, the White House's wagon-circling around Porter paints Hicks as unprofessional, unethical, and unfit. "Don has no concerns with Jared's ability to do his job".

White House chief of staff John Kelly has reportedly said he would be willing to step down over the way he handled the accusations of abuse leveled at former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday over the allegations, the New York Times reported Friday.

Speaking to thousands of fraternity and sorority leaders in Indianapolis, former Vice President Joe Biden blasted the president for wishing Porter well and saying he was good at his job.

Mr Kelly, meanwhile, was Mr Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged. A background check for security clearance was in progress at the time of his resignation.

Porter has denied the allegations and said he took the photos Holderness provided to The Intercept.

"The system is somewhat based on self-reporting", an Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence analyst told Newsweek as he explained how he could have gotten away with omitting critical information.

White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigned on Friday after his former wife, Jessica Corbett, claimed that he was "violent and emotionally abusive" during their 2.5 years of marriage, The Washington Post reported.

Trump also has been quizzing those around him about their opinion of Mulvaney in recent weeks, aides and associates tell CNN. And he used a similar defense in explaining away Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Court papers did not name that official, but people familiar with the matter said it was Kushner.

One current and one former USA official said the backlog could indicate that there are remaining questions or obstacles from the intelligence community and law enforcement conducting the review. He submitted an addendum the next day acknowledging that he had foreign contacts and indicating he was willing to detail them.

Then there's the possibility that more women could speak out.

The officials emphasized that they did not consider a resignation imminent, and that Kelly - a retired four-star Marine general who early in his tenure often used a threat of quitting as a way to temper President Donald Trump's behaviour - had made no formal offer.

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