Second White House staffer quits over abuse claims

11 February, 2018, 05:54 | Author: Cecil Buchanan

Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who resigned this week after two ex-wives alleged that he physically abused them, was still operating on an interim security clearance when he stepped down.

Writing for CNN, Michael D'Antonio - author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" - claims there should be no surprise at revelations that two White House staffers have been dismissed over credible allegations of sexual abuse in their pasts, saying those type of people appeal to President Donald Trump. "Some are old and some are new", Trump wrote. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone.

"Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society". Most - 65 percent - of these women do not believe that Trump is the "very stable genius" that he says he is.

White House communications director Hope Hicks' handling of the controversy has also reportedly displeased Mr Trump. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him", Trump said.

The White House response serves as a high-profile illustration of the obstacles many women face in speaking out about their abuse.

"We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement Friday evening.

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It was Trump's first comment on the allegations against Porter, who had been one of his most trusted staff members until this week. It might also be because they value their jobs as women in positions of power in the USA government, you know, the thing liberals like Wallace said would be impossible under Trump.

"[President Trump] thinks it's a good thing that women are coming forward, but he also feels strongly that a mere allegation shouldn't determine the course", she said. 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. Both men left their posts despite denying the allegations of physical and emotional abuse from ex-wives. That calculus quickly changed once one of the ex-wives produced photos of her black eyes that she said resulted from Porter having hit her.

"We certainly wish him well".

The president endorsed Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2017, despite multiple allegations that he initiated sexual encounters with minors. But on Saturday, he appeared to question the allegations, raising concern about what he called a lack of "Due Process".

When the allegations first emerged against Porter a number of senior aides rallied around him, and the White House acknowledged that personal relationships may have played a role in their response.

Trump himself has had to deny accusations from more than a dozen women that he has sexually abused them or behaved inappropriately.

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