White House officials said they learned of the accusations by Sorensen’s wife late on Thursday.
Porter told him about the possible allegations because he was concerned that what he characterized as false charges from aggrieved women who were out to destroy him could derail his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, according to one of the two people briefed on the matter.
Talking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Conway said she had ‘no reason not to believe the women’. The pattern’s there – Trump defended Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Roy Moore – saying things like, ‘They denied it, you have to listen to that, ‘ another user said.
For his part, Sorensen said that “like many domestic abusers, she was especially adept at controlling her rage so that no others witnessed her physical attacks”.
Two friends and associates of Corbett said she confided in them during the marriage that her husband was abusive. It contained information from his ex-wives alleging abuse.
‘He hasn’t complained to me, and I spoke with him last night and asked him this question pointedly, ‘ she answered. He also alleged she attempted to block the driveway to prevent him from driving away after she had punched him in the face repeatedly after a fight, forcing him to pull the auto forward over the lawn, and that she ran after the vehicle and injured herself in the process.
Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, revealed an image of herself with a blackened eye in 2005, which she said she received from Porter punching her while they were on vacation in Florence, Italy. “He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well”. “And yet I stayed”, she wrote. “The truth proves itself”.
She said she and Porter have had a cordial and respectful relationship since their divorce in 2013.
“As chief of staff Kelly has said himself, as the president has stated, they both plan on being here for the long haul and doing it together”, she added.
White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short echoed Conway’s comments on “Meet the Press”, and disputed reports that Kelly had offered to resign. Ivanka Trump told the Times that Hicks was a “team player” and “the president has deep respect for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her”.
Shah refused to confirm in detail when and how Kelly in particular became aware of the claims, or Hicks’s role in shaping the White House response. Porter had kept his job despite two ex-wives telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he’d physically and mentally abused them.
Porter has denied the charges. “Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society”.
CNN reported on Saturday that Mulvaney is a leading contender to eventually replace Kelly. His two ex-wives gave their accounts of abuse to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a routine background check, which meant that by 2017, Trump administration officials – including Kelly – had known “Porter was facing troubles in obtaining his security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them”, CNN previously reported. “I care about Rob and in no way want him to be harmed”.
Kelly said he did not know the full severity of the claims until just recently. Strangers complimented him to me every time we went out.