Politics Porter's ex-wife on female Trump aides' responses: 'I expected a woman to do better'

05:07  13 february  2018
05:07  13 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

White House says background check for Rob Porter was never completed

  White House says background check for Rob Porter was never completed "His background investigation was ongoing," Raj Shah said. "His (security) clearance was never denied, and he resigned.""His background investigation was ongoing," White House spokesman Raj Shah said of Porter, the former White House staff secretary. "His (security) clearance was never denied, and he resigned.

Porter , who denies the allegations, announced his resignation on Wednesday and had been expected to stay on for a period of time to ensure a Kelly now says he was “shocked” by the new accusations against the senior Trump aide . DailyMail.com first published a photo of one ex - wife ’ s bruised face.

Trump wishes disgraced aide Porter well . Donald Trump and Rob Porter ' s ex - wife Colbie Holderness. Some senior White House officials were generally aware of the allegations before Trump found out a report surfaced on DailyMail.com, a source familiar with the matter said.

a person with collar shirt © Provided by The Hill The first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said she "expected a woman to do better" after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say whether President Trump believed the abuse allegations against Porter.

Colbie Holderness, one of Porter's two ex-wives accusing him of domestic abuse, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday that she was dismayed by Huckabee Sanders and White House aide Kellyanne Conway's comments about the allegations.

Holderness said that she was taken aback by Conway's comments on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. Conway said then that she wasn't worried for White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has reportedly been dating Porter, because she's "rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts."

Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse

  Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse Jennifer Willoughby, the second ex-wife of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, told NBC News Thursday that she informed the FBI during his background interview for a top-level security clearance that he was abusive toward her."During the FBI background interview for security clearance, I shared with the FBI all of the details that I shared in previous articles, including access to a protective order from June of 2010, and police calls that I had made to our home," she told NBC News' Kristen Welker.

Four sources who have spoken directly with Trump tell me his private comments about ex- aide Porter — whose two ex - wives accused of violent attacks — have been brutal. So what is going on here? Two days ago, Trump was sort of defending Porter and wishing him well .

White House aides hit the Sunday news circuit to try to fix President Trump ’ s latest public relations nightmare: His defense of former staff secretary Rob Porter , who resigned this week amid allegations that he abused his two ex - wives .

"Her statement implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong," Holderness wrote. "I beg to differ."

Holderness wrote that she, like other people in abusive relationships, struggled to recognize that she was in an abusive situation and to gain the strength to leave him.

"I walked away from that relationship a shell of the person I was when I went into it, but it took me a long time to realize the toll that his behavior was taking on me," she wrote.

She then knocked Huckabee Sanders for her responses to questions during Monday's press briefing.

"Supporting due process for any allegation is not tone deaf, I think it is allowing things to be investigated and a mere allegation not be the determining factor," Sanders said. "He's not taking a side necessarily."

Rob Porter's ex-wife says he asked her to "downplay" abuse allegations

  Rob Porter's ex-wife says he asked her to Jennie Willoughby said she doesn't think Porter has changed, and she's worried about White House communications director Hope Hicks , who he is currently dating.Willoughby told Cooper that Porter asked her to take down a blog post from April 2017 detailing the abuse, and asked her to put out a statement downplaying the allegations. Ultimately, Willoughby said she didn't agree to the statement because she didn't agree with the language. Willoughby said she was in contact with Porter within the last two weeks, but has not been since the Daily Mail broke the allegations Tuesday night.

Donald Trump praised the work of his former staff secretary Rob Porter on Friday, saying he hopes the former top aide has a “great career ahead of him.” Porter resigned Wednesday after reports surfaced that he had abused his two ex - wives , as well as his former girlfriend.

WASHINGTON - 10 February 2018: President Donald Trump on Friday praised White House aide Trump did not express any sympathy for the two women who this week provided graphic accounts of the Jennie Willoughby, one of Porter ' s ex - wives , said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show on

"Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders again declined to say whether the president believes Willoughby and me. While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better," Holderness wrote.

"But Conway and I definitely agree on one thing she said during that interview: There's a stigma and a silence surrounding all these issues. . . . Those who are in a position to do something about it ought to," she wrote.

Porter resigned from the White House last week Holderness and another ex-wife accused him of domestic abuse.

Trump said after Porter's resignation that he hopes Porter has a "great career ahead of him" and that "we wish him well."

The president also raised questions about a lack of due process in the claims in a tweet Saturday, saying that "peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation."

FBI had photos showing Porter’s alleged abuse in early 2017: report .
<p>The FBI had photos showing former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's alleged domestic abuse toward his ex-wife in early 2017, CNN reports, raising questions about what information senior aides such as counsel Don McGahn had access to regarding Porter.</p>The bureau obtained the photos of Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness with a black eye just seven days after President Trump's inauguration, according to CNN. Holderness provided the photos as part of Porter's background check to obtain a security clearance.

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