Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Wishes Disgraced Aide Well After Domestic Abuse Allegations

Trump Wishes Disgraced Aide Well After Domestic Abuse Allegations

According to Mark Zaid, an attorney who often represents clients in clearance cases underscored that the fact that many of these officials are affluent and have worked in the areas of finance with links to foreign governments would also contribute to a delay in the clearance process.

White House speechwriter David Sorensen abruptly resigned Friday after his ex-wife accused him of repeatedly abusing her during a rocky 2½-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Friday night. Porter resigned on Wednesday after two former wives said he abused them.

Sorenson denied the allegations, instead blaming Corbett for the physical violence. Later on Friday, the White House said a second Trump administration official had resigned over allegations of domestic abuse. One of the ex-wives offered pictures of a black eye as proof.

Also on Friday, the White House announced that former deputy staff secretary Derek Lyons has been promoted to acting staff secretary to replace Porter.

Before the news about Sorensen broke, Trump made his first public statement on Porter.

"And then they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him".

Amid continuing fallout from the Rob Porter scandal, Donald Trump has come to the defense of longtime confidante and White House communications director Hope Hicks, despite reports that the President was growing frustrated with her role in the situation.

And many, including the president, have turned their ire on Kelly for vouching for Porter's character and falsely asserting he had moved aggressively to oust him once his misdeeds were discovered.

"He totally denies it", Trump said of Moore, even as other Republican leaders called for Moore to step aside. The president added, "He also, as you probably know, says he is innocent, and I think you have to remember that".

But this is not the first time the White House has found itself in the middle of the #MeToo moment. Vanity Fair reported just a few days ago that Trump has been chattering to Jason Miller, one of his chief spokesmen during the campaign, about possibly returning to the White House.

Budget chief Mulvaney similarly said on Fox News Sunday that Kelly's rumored departure is "much ado about nothing".

Porter, whose title was staff secretary, controlled material coming to the president and was frequently at Trump's side. John V. Berry, who represents government employees and contractors, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have notified the White House about the allegations but noted that the interim clearance would not have prohibited Porter from having access to sensitive information. Kelly initially defended his right-hand man before later offering a version of the week's events that puzzled aides and did not line up with the White House's earlier timeline.

"He told the staff he took immediate and direct action", one of the officials said, adding that people after the meeting expressed disbelief with one another and felt his latest account was not true.

Shah said that Trump was not aware until Tuesday of the accusations against Porter, who was a frequent presence in the Oval Office and helped craft last week's State of the Union address.

"Is there any other crime - and it's a crime - where there'd be an explanation that the reason we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"

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