The story that has dominated Washington over the past couple of days has been the allegations of abuse made by the two ex-wives of White House staff secretary Rob Porter. The senior aide has since announced his resignation, but not before the White House crafted a response defending Porter over the reports of his spousal abuse.One of Porter’s ex-wives, Jennie Willoughby, actually wrote a blog post last year that recounted the history of physical and emotional violence during the couple’s marriage. The post has now gained widespread attention in the wake of the reports surrounding Willoughby’s ex-husband and this afternoon, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin read the blog entry in full on the air.And it had quite an impact on the CNN anchor.Reciting Willoughby’s graphic and explicit account of the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Porter, Baldwin began tearing up as she reached the end of the post. The final words seemed to really hit Baldwin emotionally. … [Read more...] about CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tears Up While Reading Rob Porter Accuser’s Account of Abuse
The two ex-wives of Rob Porter, the White House aide resigning today, spoke out to CNN detailing the serious alleged abuse they suffered.The news was first broken by the Daily Mail yesterday, and despite a few statements defending Porter from the White House, he’s resigning.Colbie Holderness said, “The thing he would do most frequently is he would throw me down on a bed and he would just put his body weight on me and he’d be yelling at me but as he was yelling he’d me grinding an elbow or knee into my body to emphasize his anger.”And Jennifer Willoughby explained, “We were in a fight and I disengaged from the fight after screaming at each other. I took a shower and Rob followed me fairly shortly after and grabbed me from the shower by my shoulders up close to my neck and pulled me out to continue to yell at me. He immediately saw the look of shock and terror on my face and released me and apologized and attempted to make things right.”Porter … [Read more...] about Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Claim a Third Woman Contacted Them About ‘Repeated Abuse’ from Him
Rob Porter, the White House aide resigning after being accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, is apparently being advised by one U.S. senator to reconsider.Senator Orrin Hatch, who Porter used to work for, defended him yesterday in a statement denouncing the “vile attack” on his character… before walking it back and saying he’s “heartbroken” by these allegations.But per an NBC News reporter, Hatch is saying that he shouldn’t resign:[image via screengrab]— — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac Have a tip we should know? [email protected] … [Read more...] about Huh? After Walking Back Initial Statement, Orrin Hatch Now Says Rob Porter Shouldn’t Resign
On Wednesday, White House senior aide Rob Porter announced his resignation after both of his ex-wives went public with claims of physical and emotional abuse. So just who is this West Wing staffer? And why is the White House defending him so vigorously in the face of some truly horrific allegations? Porter’s official title was White House staff secretary and assistant to the president for policy coordination. But multiple reports peg Porter as having been a crucial gatekeeper, particularly as soon as John Kelly took over as chief of staff. Politico reported, in August, about a pair of memos authored by Kelly and Porter spelling out precisely how information in the White House was to be filtered. Porter had a crucial role in deciding what reached President Donald Trump‘s desk. A Business Insider profile of Porter quoted an unnamed Senate aide describing how Porter fit in to the Trump administration — of which he has been part since the beginning. “He’s … [Read more...] about Who is Rob Porter — The Senior White House Aide Who Resigned Amid Domestic Violence Allegations?
A new report indicates that a lot of people in the White House who are not happy with John Kelly after the Chief of Staff went up to bat for Rob Porter before the latter resigned earlier today.Porter was a Trump Administration senior aide who has been accused of physically abusive behavior by both of his ex-wives. Porter claims the allegations are “false” and “slanderous,” and Kelly stood up for him last night by calling Porter “a man of true integrity and honor” and a “trusted professional.” Kelly also encouraged Porter to “stay and fight” instead of walking away from his job.Multiple sources have spoken to Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman, expressing disappointment in Kelly for defending his “friend” who didn’t even have proper security clearance when he used to review documents being sent to President Trump‘s desk.“It’s beyond disbelief. Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is … [Read more...] about White House Officials Reportedly Upset With John Kelly’s Defense of Rob Porter: ‘Beyond Disbelief’