White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches as White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order,(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump‘s top White House aides resigned Wednesday following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

Staff secretary Rob Porter said in a written statement that allegations that became public this week are “outrageous” and “simply false.” Porter said photos published of his former spouses were taken nearly 15 years ago and do not tell the complete story. He said he will leave the White House after a transition period.

“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described,” Porter said in a written statement. “I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”

“My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect,” added Porter, who joined the administration at its start in January 2017. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.”

Porter’s former wives recounted physical, verbal and emotional abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.

Porter, 40, has been credited with working with chief of staff John Kelly to control the flow of information to the president. Porter was often seen with Trump when the president traveled and as he signed legislation or proclamations. The DailyMail.com published a statement from Kelly referring to Porter as a “man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him.”

“He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him,” Kelly added.

Porter, well-liked throughout the White House, lost internal support once the photos came out. But even then, Kelly was urging him to stay, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to convey internal discussions.

Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her during the five years they were husband and wife.

Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also described for the DailyMail.com how Porter once dragged her naked and wet from the shower to yell at her. She filed a protective order against him. Stories published online by the DailyMail.com included photos of Holderness with a bruised eye socket that she said she suffered after Porter punched her in the face while on vacation in Italy.

Neither Holderness nor Willoughby could be reached Wednesday for comment. Telephone messages left by The Associated Press were not returned.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had not discussed the allegations against Porter with Trump. She said Porter was not pressured to resign.

“Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary,” Sanders said. “The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.”

Before joining the administration, Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, spent nearly three years as chief of staff to longtime Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. Porter also worked for Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah.

Hatch released a statement that said he was “heartbroken” over the allegations and denounced domestic violence.

“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,” Hatch said. “I do not know the details of Rob’s personal life. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable.”

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Associated Press writer Jon Lemire contributed to this report.

 

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20 thoughts on “Trump Aide Resigns After Allegations Of Domestic Abuse

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I guess I won’t say too much because it will sound as though I am blaming the wife and ex-wife for not having satan’s seed prosecuted. Since the OJ trial, the laws to protect women and victims have more than tripled, so there really is no excuse why we’re paying the salary of this women beater.
    Funny how if he were a dem or black person, the trolls would be singing a different tune. This wolf in sheep’s clothing should be serving time in prison, not being an aide for the highest office in the land.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      And the racist referring to blacks still supporting Chris Brown after he beat Rihanna while they voted for and still support an admitted pu**y grabber, adulterer who defrauded people out of millions with a fake trump university scam and had to pay 25 million dollars to his victims. And just got busted for screwing a porn star in 2016 and has a cabinet full of criminals and they’re still cheering for him. Donald dump is no different than Chris Brown probably worse.

  2. Well making music and hitting someone are entirely two different things, however Chris Brown and Rhianna , Jay-Z and that Solange thing Blacks still flocked to buy their music after, and by contras Porter resigned over something that took place 15 years ago Hilary kept her Champaign strategist on even after substantiated claims of his harassment

  3. Mrknowitall on said:

    How abusive are the lyrics in the music industry toward women? If everyone who hit another person was to lose their job there wouldn’t be anyone working.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      Bi**h STFU! Making music and actually hitting someone is totally different. Stop trying to justify and normalize this bulls**t because he’s RepubliKKKan, a trump henchman. Oh, everybody hits somebody, gay women hit their girlfriends…GTFOH! This violent thug beat his wife both wives & you want to give him a pass because he’s a white RepubliKKKan. You bash the hell out of black rappers for using violent lyrics and want to let the white boy go unpunished for actually beating someone and a woman on top of that.

      • Mrknowitall on said:

        you make this about race because you are a privileged black racist. It’s also fair to say he grew up hearing violent messages in music. Our society bombarded us with violent messages.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        We’ve ALL been exposed to some level of violence whether it be through music, television or video games that still doesn’t justify you beating the hell out of your wife giving her a black eye. And this happen on several occasions and he beat both of his wives. Had this been some black athlete or rapper you’d be ready to throw the book at them. You’re only defending him because he’s white.

      • Guest1 on said:

        @Passing, you know there are some sorry Mfers who want to justify this sorry @ss coward beating up on, not one, but two wives. What a stupid comment from Mr.knownotsh!t. Deflect from the REAL topic. Attempting to throw in the mix some sh!t about what gay people would do and also to try to place blame on the lyrics in music instead of this WOMAN BEATER. Apparently, he didn’t hear her statement about how he attacked his first wife and called her a “f-cking b*tch. Let’s also not forget about the other nickname white men call their white women, which is a C. U. Next T. I didn’t hear Mrknownotsh!t mention that. That surely didn’t come from lyrics in at least black music.
        This guy is a cowardly horrible dirty rat bastard, and so is anyone else who would choose to justify his actions. Just like I said the other day about the the girl who just got released from serving 8 months for killing her father for physically and verbally abusing her mom and her siblings…kill or be killed. This mofo would have been pushing up daisies. This administration is worthless and an embarrassment. Full of criminals. Thieves, woman beaters, p*ssy grabbers, pedophiles, traitors, money launderers, and the list goes on. Wait until tomorrow. They will be something else to top this. Has anyone heard from Hope Hicks? She’s dating this monster. Has she had any unexplained black eyes or bruises from “walking into door knobs, or closed fists?

  4. Mrknowitall on said:

    So,here we are in America today. If a gay woman hits or is abusive her girlfriend or wife she must lose her job. If a male is abusive toward his wife he must lose his job. Usually their is a leftist double standard. I’ll wait for the gay response

  5. Ted Gravely on said:

    Only hire the best huh. This guy is 40 with two ex wives. I guess he is trying to catch up with his Boss. Now if one of the ex wives filed a protective order and has receipts, tough to convince folks that it is fake news. This is just another episode of the “Asinine Times.” This guy here beating the brakes off women, but the pictures and restraining order don’t tell the real story. I’m listening.

  6. Every damn day it’s something f up coming from this fake presidency administration. Outrageous. This idiot doesn’t vet anyone. Disgusting!!!!

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