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The White House's Latest #MeToo Moment

10 February 2018, 07:44 | Devin Moran

White House chief of staff John Kelly under pressure over handling of abuse claims

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC on Friday Feb. 02 2018

Porter well and noted that he had "said very strongly" that he is innocent.

McGahn and Kushner have clashed repeatedly on a number of topics, though Kushner's lack of a clearance has been particularly irksome for the White House's top lawyer and other administration officials in recent months, people familiar with the matter said. McGahn's knowledge of the accusations in January was first reported by The Washington Post. No mention of two ex-wives Porter was accused of abusing.

"We all could have done better over the few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation", Shah told reporters Thursday.

But White House officials said Kelly pushed Porter to stay in the job even after the release of the photos.

Longtime friends and advisers have told him that it's a good opportunity but if he takes the chief of staff gig, "he's going to need some help".

It's not clear whether Kelly was aware of the specifics of what Porter's ex-spouses reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his alleged patterns of abuse. He traveled instead of Kelly to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.

There is also the question of when Kelly knew of the allegations against Porter. Truly sad. Domestic violence can not be tolerated anywhere.

White House deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll, who has served in that role for almost three months, is expected to leave the White House to helm the Office of National Drug Control Policy, two sources with knowledge of the decision told CNN Friday. "I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition".




Porter denied the allegations in a statement issued in the wake of his resignation. She also told CNN that Porter told her to "downplay" the abuse. "I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign".

Folks, in the midst of the revelations about Rob Porter and domestic abuse, there's one crucial lesson that should not be lost: if anyone ever lays a hand on you, take a picture. Ben Cardin has called for her clearance to be reviewed, noting that she has not fully divested from her own business which could create conflicts of interest with some White House initiatives.

Mr Kelly, meanwhile, was Mr Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged.

Carroll's position as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy will make him the most public face of the administration's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic - an effort critics say hasn't gone almost far enough. He, too, denies the allegations. Trump himself has "full confidence in his abilities and his performance", according to Sanders.

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". But by the next day, it was evident the show of support wouldn't quiet the controversy. He did a very good job in the White House.

As White House staff secretary, Porter was responsible for reviewing all documents signed by the president, from legislation to executive orders.

That may still be true, but new reports from CNN suggest the President's wrath has indeed intensified-because if there's a woman to blame, Donald Trump will find her.



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