John Kelly Denied Reports He Offered To Resign Amid Scrutiny

Feb 11, 2018, 04:02

The White House pushed back on the report nearly immediately.

What are the latest allegations?

Jessica Corbett described their chaotic marriage to The Post, including allegations that Sorensen ran over her foot with a vehicle, put out a cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall.

In response, Mr Sorensen released a statement in which he said he had "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life" and that instead it was he who had been physically abused.

During a staff meeting, Kelly told those in attendance to say he took action to remove Porter within 40 minutes of learning abuse allegations from two ex-wives were credible, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions in such meetings are supposed to be confidential.

What happened with Mr Porter?

Porter resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he had abused two former ex-wives.

Shah said Thursday that the White House staff "could have done better" in reacting to the accusations against Porter, but Trump was "privately miffed" about even that small concession, CNN reports. Porter has denied the allegations.

Trump gave Porter his support Friday.

"We certainly wish him well", Trump said of Porter, who resigned Thursday after the allegations made by his two ex-wives became public.

He did not mention either of the alleged victims of Porter's abuse. "That's like saying: 'That ax murderer over there - he's a great painter!'" Biden said at a public event.

The National Organization of Women is calling on the chief of staff to resign as pressure continues to build over when he knew about the allegations; Kevin Corke has the roundup for 'Special Report'.

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

Without being specific, the aide reportedly said he expected his ex-wives to say unflattering things about him to investigators.

Ms Hicks was also allegedly involved in crafting a statement initially defending Mr Porter, which has called her judgment into question.

Who knew what and when? He denies her claims and says she domestically abused him.

Spokesman Raj Shah says Trump was not aware of the allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter until Tuesday.

The official stressed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had at no point revoked Porter's security clearance, which they could have done. Gretchen Shaw, associate director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said the president's comments were "disappointing" and suggested he missed a "big opportunity" on the issue.

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