Axios: Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Axios: Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Axios: Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Chief of Staff John Kelly's week went from bad to worse, after word leaked from White House staff Friday morning that he urged them to spread a version of events on the Rob Porter debacle that contradicts previous accounts.

The fallout from the Porter resignation also cast a spotlight on White House counsel Don McGahn, who was apprised of at least some of the accusations about the staff secretary at least four times, including as early as January 2017.

He only stepped down from his post Wednesday after the accusations became public. It was no secret that his history of abuse was well known and both ex-wives had reported the abuse to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In that time, Porter's stock in the White House continued to rise. After Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested and charged with assaulting a female reporter, Trump asked, "How do you know the bruises weren't there before?"

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday suggested that women would not work at the White House if they were not respected and valued as equals.

"Why would someone like me and many other women be there", at the White House if the president didn't show support for women? "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well". "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", Shah said.

Sorensen's former wife Jessica Corbett told the daily that he was physically abusive to her while they were married.

As a speechwriter on Trump's environmental quality council, Sorensen didn't require a security clearance before he took up the position.

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"The general is there to put in policies and processes and procedures".

An unnamed member of Congress told Axios that Kelly claims Porter misled him about what a Daily Mail article that first detailed the abuse allegations would say, and that Kelly pushed Porter to resign in the wake of the reports.

Conversations have been going on last week among White House staffers as to what a "post-Kelly world looks like", a source familiar with these discussions said, with Mulvaney seen as a leading contender to eventually replace Kelly.

In reality, he has struggled to hire high-caliber staff, with many experienced Washington operatives keeping their distance.

Yet the White House's handling of the matters, specifically Porter, has largely focused on Kelly. Public pressure is one thing, but the White House has often proven itself to be impervious to it, through any number of highly controversial episodes that might have torn apart a previous administration.

But no action was taken to remove Porter from the staff, and instead, Kelly and others oversaw an elevation in Porter's standing; for example, he was one of a handful of aides who helped draft last week's State of the Union address. "The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance", said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

The statement echoed Mr Trump's dismissive response to allegations of sexual misconduct or abuse made over decades against male friends, colleagues and, above all, himself.

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