Ignoring photographic evidence, Trump dismisses abuse allegations against ex-White House staffer


The president noted that note that Porter "said very strongly" that he was innocent of the alleged assaults.

The story of Rob Porter has escalated from a personal and domestic trauma to one about failed White House vetting, and this time President Trump seems to be blameless. The staff secretary resigned later Wednesday. "It's an obviously tough time for him". "And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him".

Trump's tweets come hours after David Sorensen, a speechwriter in his administration, resigned amid speculation of domestic abuse on Friday night. In a written statement sent through the White House press office Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said.

"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her." .

The Washington Post first reported Sorensen's resignation Friday evening, and reported that his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, alleged that "he ran a vehicle over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life".

Rather served as White House correspondent for CBS News during President Richard Nixon's Watergate era and covered four more presidents while anchoring the evening news. McGahn told Kelly, as CBS News' Arden Farhi has reported, that Porter's ex-wives were saying things about Porter but Porter was denying the claims.

Porter has denied the charges.

Kelly later said in a statement he was shocked by "new" allegations against Porter, stressing that domestic violence is unacceptable.

The two strong-willed men have clashed and Trump has begun floating possible names for a future chief of staff in conversations with outside advisers, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations.

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Trump's tweet drew backlash from some on social media, including third-ranking Senate Democrat Patty Murray.

She also reaffirmed the RNC's position that when there is a finding of guilt in the case of Steve Wynn, then they will give back the money he donated.

Shah also conceded the crisis could have been better handled by senior White House officials.

But in his first public comments on the scandal Friday, Trump praised Porter and wished him well.

Trump's message also appeared to be a response to the larger national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse of power, which has seen victims, mostly women, come forward to accuse dozens of prominent men in business, politics, entertainment and other realms. In all instances, they claimed the purported misconduct occurred years before he entered politics.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he believes is a lack of due process for "someone falsely accused".

It's unclear what Trump means by suggesting that accused abusers should be given "due process", since Porter has not been charged with any crimes. On Friday, he made a freakish statement of support for his former staff secretary Rob Porter, wishing him well and emphasizing that Porter had denied any wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, Deputy staff secretary Derek Lyons has been promoted to acting staff secretary as a replacement for Porter.