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White House aide Rob Porter resigns after photos of alleged abuse surface

“When he heard me on the phone with the police,” Willoughby wrote in the complaint, “he apologized and begged me not to involve them.”

According to multiple outlets, Porter is currently dating White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

CNN reports that Porter’s last day employed at the White House is unknown, but that Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he will stay on to help his successor transition.

White House officials and Republican lawmakers expressed shock at the news.

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, released a statement today saying he was “heartbroken.” Porter was Hatch’s top aide from 2015 to 2017.

Hatch said:

“I am heartbroken by today’s allegations. In every interaction I’ve had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful. My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor. I do not know the details of Rob’s personal life. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable. I am praying for Rob and those involved.”

White House chief of staff John Kelly also released a statement about Porter.

“I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said. “He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”

Politco reported:

A senior administration official said White House chief of staff John Kelly had been aware of the 2010 protective order, which prevented Porter from getting a full security clearance. The official said Kelly considered trying to push Porter out of his role but never did.

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

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