Top White House Aides Knew About Rob Porter Abuse Allegations For Months: Report
Top White House aides reportedly knew about the domestic abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter for some months, but kept him on anyway with a temporary security clearance.
This week Porter was accused by his two ex-wives of physical abuse.
CNN and POLITICO reported that White House aides — including Chief of staff John Kelly — were aware that the domestic abuse allegations were delaying Porter’s application for a full security clearance.
CNN noted that some officials were aware of the allegations about Porter for months.
White House aides told Bloomberg News that Trump was unaware of the allegations until this week when the Daily Mail published an interview with Porter’s ex-wives.
An ex-girlfriend of Porter, who also works in the Trump administration, warned White House counsel Don McGahn in recent weeks about the abuse allegations, noted POLITICO.
Porter is reportedly romantically involved with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who helped craft a White House defense of Porter earlier this week.
Hicks and Kelly pushed for Porter to stay on, according to CNN.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders publicly praised Porter during her morning brief on Feb. 7.
On Feb. 6, Kelly called Porter a “man of true integrity and honor,” but Kelly changed his tune on Feb. 7: “I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,”