Rob Porter, a senior White House aide who can often be found at President Trump’s side, resigned Wednesday after his two former wives accused him of abuse.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly had “full confidence and trust” in Porter and that he has been “effective in his role as staff secretary.” Nevertheless, they apparently accepted his resignation anyway.
Porter is also reportedly the boyfriend of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. She also dated former Trump campaign cheif Corey Lewandowski, who was accused of roughly grabbing then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during the campaign.
From the Daily Mail:
Rob Porter has resigned from his role as White House staff secretary after his first ex-wife told DailyMail.com that he choked and punched her during their marriage.
Colbie Holderness, 37, who is a senior analyst for the U.S. government, spoke on the record to DailyMail.com about her five-year marriage to Porter, detailing physical and mental abuse.
She said he broke down her confidence so badly with his verbal and emotional abuse that she took an extended leave of absence from grad school.
Holderness’s revelations follow DailyMail.com’s exclusive interview on Tuesday evening with Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby.
She told how Porter, 40, once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h’ on their honeymoon.
Porter also put out a statement, which Sanders read during the daily briefing:
These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago. And the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I’ve been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign. My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I’ve always put duty to country first, and treated others with respect. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump administration, and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.