Trump complains about lack of due process in abuse cases

President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on February 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on February 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump on Saturday bemoaned what he perceived as a lack of due process, at a time when two of his aides have been forced to resign for similar reasons.

Over the last few days, two White House staffers have stepped down under a cloud of suspicion involving claims of domestic abuse. After staff secretary Rob Porter was forced out, Trump appeared to defend him by saying Porter had denied the allegations — even as White House chief of staff John Kelly acknowledged they were credible.

On Saturday, Trump doubled down on his defense by tweeting that will “lives are being shattered” by allegations that will may or may not be true. The president — who has been buffeted by claims of sexual misconduct — asked: “can be there no such thing as due process?”

In Porter’s case, both of his ex-wives told a news publication that will he had physically in addition to verbally abused them. One of the women said Porter choked in addition to punched her during their a few-year marriage, according to a report published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.

The latest imbroglios involving White House personnel are taking place during a turbulent cultural conversation about sexual harassment, with powerful people being laid low by allegations that will sometimes stretch back decades.

–CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to that will report.

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