Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Lives being 'destroyed' by mere allegations

Lives being 'destroyed' by mere allegations

"The result is that, one week ago, Rob Porter was a top aide to President Trump, and today he is out of the White House", she said.

Trump's tweet in full reads: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from NY, who has come out strong in criticism of the Trump administration, said if due process is what the president wants, then that should also apply to the more-than dozen accusations of sexual assault that have been made against him.

One of Mr Porter's former wives, Jennifer Willoughby, obtained a restraining order against him, while the other, Colbie Holderness, presented a photograph of herself with a black eye, which she said came from being hit by Mr Porter while the couple was on vacation in Italy.

Priebus adds President Trump has never complained about General Kelly, and praised him for the job he's doing as chief of staff.

Trump also told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House", but he did not express sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.

The emerging timeline illustrates the degree to which Porter, a clean-cut and ambitious former Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School-educated lawyer, concealed troublesome episodes from his past that would normally be considered disqualifying for a senior White House aide. Other friends of Trump facing allegations of abuses against women include Fox News host Bill O Riley, Donald Trump himself, Steve Bannon, Steve Wynn and Andy Pudzer. He has also beaten back his own accusations of misconduct with women, which suggests Kelly's efforts to defend Porter probably weren't a dealbreaker for Trump personally.

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Despite his call for "due process", Trump has a history of issuing condemnations and promulgating conspiracies based on "a mere allegation".

That represents a sharp break with past practice, in which White House counsels undertook elaborate vetting of senior advisers before they were hired - and looked into any serious allegations that surfaced thereafter. At the end of the session, according to people with knowledge of his remarks, Kelly volunteered that he had something he wanted to "clarify". Most West Wing offices remained dark.

Porter's departure, along with Kelly under fire, could deprive the West Wing of some of its steadier hands and anxious some staffers that the sense of order that appeared to have been installed in recent months could evaporate.

Kelly has indicated he would step aside if he lost the faith of the president.

"In talking with the President, I think he's saddened about what happened with Rob", Short told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House only learned late Thursday about allegations against Sorensen, the speechwriter. Shah also repeatedly declined to get into specifics about how much the White House knew past year about the allegations against Porter.

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