Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
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Another White House Official Resigns Over Domestic Abuse Claims

Another White House Official Resigns Over Domestic Abuse Claims

Trump said he was sad to learn of the allegations, but added: "As you probably know, he says he's innocent".

In November, he cast doubt on accusations of child molestation against Roy Moore - then the Republican candidate running for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat in Alabama.

Trump also stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence. "He says it didn't happen". And after Fox fired popular talk show host Bill O'Reilly amid reports of payouts over harassment claims, Trump called him "a good person".

But a White House official said Friday that Kelly has not offered his resignation.

After his speechwriter David Sorenson was forced to resign amid allegations that he was abusive to his wife during their marriage, Mr Trump sent out a tweet urging people not to rush to judgement. They are automatically so if a clearance is denied, unless the President himself overrules the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A second White House staffer has departed the Trump administration in the wake of abuse allegations.

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

He denied the claims but quit his post on Thursday, after he was confronted about them, according to Raj Shah, deputy White House spokesman.

Sorensen told WaPo in a text message that he resigned because "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction".

Mr Sorensen's position did not require a security clearance and that his background check had not been completed.

According to the Post, Corbett told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about her allegations during an October 2017 interview for a background check of Sorensen.

Sorensen alleges that Corbett "punched him on multiple occasions", per WaPo.

Ex-wife Jessica Corbett said she feared for her life and said Sorensen had driven a vehicle over her foot, extinguished a cigarette on her hand, and threw her toward a wall, The Post reported.

The narrative Gen. Kelly pushed Friday runs counter to reports that he kept Porter on staff despite knowledge of the allegations, which prevented him from gaining permanent security clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation back in November. Corbett told the Post that she informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of his behavior.

He did a very good job when he was in the White House.

White House deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll, who has served in that role for almost three months, is expected to leave the White House to helm the Office of National Drug Control Policy, two sources with knowledge of the decision told CNN Friday.

Kelly followed up later in the day: "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter".

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