White House Ignored Top Staffer’s Domestic Violence Past

Society at large may be trying to better grapple with issues of sexual and domestic abuse, but Americans certainly aren’t looking to the White House for guidance on these subjects. That’s with good reason – it turns out the Trump administration has been harboring a high-ranking official facing multiple domestic violence allegations.

On Wednesday, Rob Porter resigned from his White House job in the wake of these accusations going public, despite labeling the charges “simply false.” As staff secretary, Porter had the extremely important job of deciding which documents wind up on the president’s desk for his input.

The domestic violence accusations come from Porter’s two ex-wives, who described terrifying levels of abuse. Both former spouses offered up some form of proof, as well. Jennifer Willoughby disclosed an emergency protective order against Porter, while Colbie showed old photos of her with a black eye.

When the media first reported on Porter’s misdeeds, Chief of Staff John Kelly gave Porter a glowing review. “[He’s] a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Kelly. “He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”

Shockingly (but not really) Kelly’s initial total defense of Porter was not well received by the public, so he made a second statement that included the sentiment, “There is no place for domestic violence in our society.”

If it seems to you like maybe Kelly doesn’t actually care about Porter’s alleged history of domestic violence, you may be on to something. It turns out that Kelly has known about these allegations for months and ignored and perhaps even helped to cover up their severity. At the very least, Kelly seemed to have no problem with keeping a man of this character on staff at a very high level, and was even encouraging him to stay on after the news broke.

We know that the FBI had objections and reported them to Kelly and the Trump administration. The agency would not issue permanent security clearance to Porter because of his past violence, but the White House still allowed him to have access to sensitive information anyway. Apparently, Jared Kushner’s not the only one to be afforded this inappropriate courtesy.

It’s more troubling when you realize that White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has been in a romantic relationship with Porter. Shouldn’t Kelly have an obligation to make sure Hicks knows about the situation for her own safety? While it’s not clear whether Hicks knew about the domestic violence accusations in advance, she was tasked with helping to compose the first statement supporting him this past week.

Of course, what can we expect from an administration led by a man who faces over a dozen allegation of sexual assault himself and who was caught bragging on tape about groping women? The fact that the White House did not consider Porter’s past disqualifying says a lot about the boy’s club mentality that prevails in the West Wing.

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73 comments

Elaine W
Elaine W2 days ago

How about the voters fire the whole bunch.

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Chad A
Chad A6 days ago

Signed.

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Angela J
Angela J6 days ago

Thanks

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John B
John B10 days ago

Petition signed previously and now has 36,215 supporters.

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John B
John B10 days ago

Thanks for sharing the info. What else could we expect from the Abuser in Chief's Staff.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E10 days ago

david f
I won't say what you are a "great example of"
It's too rude for C2.
YOU are a bully that name calls when you are so far right, even your buddy Hannity looks democrat. You are the only fake thing here because you hate the truth. Kill any of your deer lately?

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David F
David F10 days ago

Rhoberta yes, Trump tells little lies and exaggerations, he's a Democrat from New York.
Obama, nearly his entire cabinet, tell major lies, many under oath.
New lies and new scandals are exposed virtually every day from the highest echelon of deep state Obama bureaucrats that weaponized themselves to undermine our democracy.

Liberals would know nothing of what is happening due their 90% fake news refuses coverage.

RHoberta, you are a great example of Mark Twain's quote "if you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, you read the newspaper you are misinformed."

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Veronica D
Veronica D11 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica D11 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica D11 days ago

Thank you so very much.

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