White House assistant resigns after claims of spousal abuse

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Image”/ > Evan Vucci/ AP In this Jan. 20, 2017, file picture, White Home Personnel Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a verification order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Workplace of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018|12:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Among President Donald Trump’s leading White House assistants resigned Wednesday following claims of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

Personnel secretary Rob Porter stated in a written declaration that accusations that ended up being public this week are “outrageous” and “merely false.” Porter stated photos released of his previous partners were taken almost 15 years back and do not tell the complete story. He said he will leave the White House after a transition duration.

” These outrageous claims are just false. I took the photos offered to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is no place near what is being described,” Porter stated in a composed statement. “I have actually been transparent and genuine about these vile claims, however I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated negative campaign.”

” My dedication to civil service speaks for itself. I have always put responsibility to nation first and treated others with respect,” added Porter, who joined the administration at its start in January 2017. “I am deeply grateful for the chance to have actually served in the Trump Administration and will look for to ensure a smooth shift when I leave the White House.”

Porter’s previous better halves recounted physical, spoken and psychological abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.

Porter, 40, has actually been credited with dealing with chief of staff John Kelly to control the flow of information to the president. Porter was often seen with Trump when the president took a trip and as he signed legislation or proclamations. The DailyMail.com published a statement from Kelly referring to Porter as a “guy of true integrity and honor and I can’t state enough good things about him.”

” He is a good friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am happy to serve together with him,” Kelly included.

Porter, favored throughout the White Home, lost internal support once the pictures came out. However even then, Kelly was prompting him to stay, inning accordance with a White House authorities who spoke on condition of anonymity to communicate internal conversations.

Porter’s first spouse, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her throughout the five years they were husband and wife.

Porter’s second partner, Jennifer Willoughby, likewise described for the DailyMail.com how Porter once dragged her naked and damp from the shower to yell at her. She filed a protective order versus him. Stories published online by the DailyMail.com consisted of images of Holderness with a bruised eye socket that she stated she suffered after Porter punched her in the face while on getaway in Italy.

Neither Holderness nor Willoughby could be reached Wednesday for comment. Telephone messages left by The Associated Press were not returned.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated she had actually not gone over the allegations against Porter with Trump. She stated Porter was not pushed to resign.

” Rob Porter has actually been effective in his role as personnel secretary,” Sanders said. “The president and chief of personnel have full self-confidence in his abilities and his efficiency.”

Before joining the administration, Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, spent nearly 3 years as chief of staff to long time Utah Republican politician Sen. Orrin Hatch. Porter also worked for Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah.

Hatch launched a statement that said he was “heartbroken” over the claims and knocked domestic violence.

” In every interaction I have actually had with Rob, he has been courteous, expert, and respectful. My personnel loved him and he was a trusted consultant,” Hatch said. “I do not know the details of Rob’s individual life. Domestic violence in any type is abhorrent and undesirable.”

Associated Press author Jon Lemire added to this report.

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