The White House initially defended Porter amid calls for his resignation, but hardened its tone after Porter resigned on Wednesday. One ex-wife supplied photographs of herself with a black eye she said he had given her.
Trump fueled the scandal Friday by praising Porter and suggesting he had a bright future. "I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign".
Porter, who denied the "vile" allegations, resigned Wednesday after the ex-wives' accounts of years of verbal and physical abuse were published, along with graphic pictures of Colbie Holderness, his first wife, bruised from what she said was a punch to the face. Willoughby, a 39-year-old writer and motivational speaker, said she authorized investigators to obtain a protective order she filed in 2010 after he refused to leave her Arlington, Virginia, apartment, in violation of their separation agreement.
Folks, in the midst of the revelations about Rob Porter and domestic abuse, there's one crucial lesson that should not be lost: if anyone ever lays a hand on you, take a picture. Telephone messages left by The Associated Press were not returned.
Of the abuse allegations, said Trump: "I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it".
"We should not short-circuit an investigation just because allegations are made, unless they could compromise national security, or interfere with operations at the White House", Shah said. "It was very sad when we heard about it. and as you probably know, he says he's innocent and I think you have to remember that". He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.
White House counsel would be notified of a possible suitability issue - but it is unclear what or how much they would be told. Months later, word got out that adviser Steven Bannon had been charged with domestic violence and battery against his ex-wife in 1996, but he went on to serve as White House Chief Strategist for the administration.
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Pence told NBC in an interview on Friday that he was "appalled" by the allegations against Porter.
Mere decades ago, domestic violence was seen as a private family issue, not a public concern.
"I don't think that he has really taken the time to deconstruct why it is that he behaves this way, and until he is able to do that, I don't know that he has control over it", she told Cooper.
Meanwhile, top White House officials including Chief of Staff John Kelly are facing scrutiny for not removing Porter when senior aides for months were aware of the allegations.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted about Kelly's comments about both DACA recipients and his initial defense of Porter late Wednesday, highlighting them as two of his most controversial comments while in office. "The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance", said press secretary Sarah Sanders. Rob Portman of OH and Mike Lee of Utah.
The chief of staff had sought information about the status of security clearance applications for top aides, and it was then he learned there were allegations against Porter from his ex-wives, said the official. One source said Carroll's departure was sparked by Kelly's dissatisfaction with his work. "I do not know the details of Rob's personal life". "There is no place for domestic violence in our society".