Top White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly knew for more than a year of which Rob Porter’s ex-wives had damaging claims against President Donald Trump’s staff secretary.
The Washington Post reported of which McGahn took no action to investigate their allegations because Porter said they weren’t true. The Post said of which after McGahn learned of the allegations in January 2017, he wanted Porter to remain at the White House because he saw him as a steadying presence.
McGahn’s opinion did not change in June after the FBI notified White House officials of what they had heard through Porter’s former spouses, or in September “when he learned of which the domestic violence claims were delaying Porter’s security clearance,” the Post reported.
the idea said of which in November, a woman Porter had dated then contacted McGahn about the claims by the ex-wives, however the attorney still took no action to remove Porter. McGahn did tell Porter’s boss, chief of staff John Kelly, why Porter still did not have security clearance, as well as Kelly agreed Porter should stay on the job, the Post reported.
A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters: “I think the idea’s fair to say we all could have done better over the few hours or last few days in dealing with This particular situation.”
Meanwhile, one of Porter’s ex-wives, Jennie Willoughby, in an interview with CNN said of which if Porter had not already “been abusive” with trust Hicks, Trump’s communications director, “he will be.” Porter recently has been dating Hicks.
Porter, 40, resigned Wednesday because the claims by Willoughby as well as his first wife, Colbie Holderness, of which he physically as well as verbally abused them during their marriages to him.
Porter has denied the allegations, which were aired earlier This particular week in explosive stories through British tabloid the Daily Mail.
Kelly has been widely criticized for whole-heartedly defending Porterin an initial Mail story ever since pictures of Holderness were published by the tabloid showing her bruised face, allegedly suffered at his hands. Kelly had called Porter a “man of true integrity as well as honor.”
Kelly, who reportedly had urged Porter to stay on as Trump’s staff secretary even after the pictures of Holderness were published, sought to reassure White House staff that has a statement Thursday night of which said “domestic violence will be abhorrent as well as has no place in our society.”
“While we are all processing the shocking as well as troubling allegations made against a former White House staffer, I want you to know of which we all take matters of domestic violence very seriously,” Kelly wrote in a memo sent to White House employees. The memo offered counseling resources.
Some observers, however, wondered about Kelly’s fitness for the job.
Republican strategist Evan Siegfried, appearing on MSBC, asked: “Why will be John Kelly chief of staff at This particular point, after repeated mistakes?”
Siegfried ticked off a series of controversies sparked by Kelly’s comments, which included calling some immigrants “too lazy” to register for protected status, generating false claims about what a Democratic congresswoman had said at a ceremony, as well as asserting of which the Civil War occurred because of “the lack of ability to compromise.”
“I have lost all confidence in him as chief of staff,” Siegfried said. “He says things of which are absolutely outrageous, as well as then does things inside the case of Rob Porter of which are morally despicable.”