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The White House knew about Rob Porter allegations and did nothing: report

The statement continued, “I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.”

But it wasn’t just Kelly who knew of the alleged abuse. Two sources told CNN that “it was widely known” that Porter couldn’t get a security clearance because of his ex-wives’ claims.

Porter’s role was not very public, but it was still very substantial, as he helped manage the flow of information that reaches the president. Porter also helped write Trump’s State of the Union address, with Trump to Davos last month in Kelly’s place, and has reportedly been romantically involved with White House communications director Hope Hicks. Prior to the allegations coming to light on Tuesday, Hicks helped put together Kelly’s initial statement.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday, “The president and chief of staff have had full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance.” That was just before the disturbing photos surfaced, and just before Porter announced his departure.

The White House has disastrously failed to cover the information up and subsequently defend it. It’s particularly alarming that even in the wake of numerous recent allegations of powerful men abusing women, several members of the White House knew about Porter’s past but continued to work his way up the ranks of the administration.

On the campaign trail, Trump bragged that he would surround himself with “the best people.”

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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