Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims

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"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that", Trump said.

A second White House employee has quit after his ex-wife made allegations of domestic abuse, saying he put a cigarette out on her hand and ran a auto over her foot. "But we certainly wish him well, obviously a tough time for him". He did a very good job when he was at the White House'. And we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him.

According to The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey, Kelly told staff Friday to say that he had chose to fire Porter within 40 minutes of learning that allegations Porter abused two ex-wives were credible. Which means what he says about allegations of sexual assault and domestic abuse matter much, much more.

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", said Raj Shah, principal deputy secretary.

Corbett, who first reached out to WaPo a week before news of Porter's allegations broke, said that Sorensen acted violently and was emotionally abusive toward her during their two-year marriage.

'Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. But on Saturday, he appeared to question the allegations, raising concern about what he called a lack of "Due Process".

Vice President Mike Pence, striking a markedly different tone than Trump, said in an interview Friday on MSNBC that "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse".

When the allegations became public earlier this week, Kelly initially said: "Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him".

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His initial response to Porter's ex-wives' stories of physical and emotional abuse at his hands was to defend him. He denied the allegations. But that came less than two months after Trump dragged his feet before condemning white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville for a rally that involved the murder of a counterprotester, infamously said there "were very fine people on both sides".

"If he (Trump) draws scrutiny to himself, he's OK with that". He said he is "pursuing legal options to address her defamation".

This source said Kelly had offered to resign, but the White House denied that, with one official saying Kelly "is doing fine in terms of where he stands with the president".

Recent scandals involving the relationship between Team Trump and women have dominated headlines and have probably influenced female voters' perception of the White House's views on women. The so-called "Central Park Five" were later exonerated by DNA evidence.

"There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone", Trump tweeted.

Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations against Porter, or against Trump. The White House claims that the plethora of delays is par for the course, but several sources told the outlet that that it is, in fact, highly unusual.

In his campaign memoir "Let Trump Be Trump", Lewandowski described the unusual breadth of Hicks' responsibilities. The FBI typically takes such charges, and its impact on a security clearance, to the White House counsel's office, whose job is to determine if those charges are disqualifying.

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