His West Wing rattled, Trump casts doubt on aide's exit

Second White House official resigns amid abuse allegations

There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone.

Award-winning singer Barbara Streisand wrote: "Donald Trump defends his departed aide who proclaims his "innocence" of domestic violence despite testimony of 2 ex wifes and clear photographic evidence to the contrary".

On Saturday morning, Trump came out for Porter's side again, tweeting about the danger of false allegations.

But Mr Trump did not refer to Mr Porter's accusers.

The senators also question whether Porter, who served as Trump's staff secretary, disclosed the allegations on his applications for a security clearance or White House employment.

He accused her of punching him multiple times and once grabbing the steering wheel while he was driving.

A former Trump campaign adviser was fact-checked with his candidate's own words Friday evening when attempting to downplay remarks President Donald Trump made about his former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday amid allegations of domestic assault.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short made similar arguments on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, after host Chuck Todd showed a highlights reel of Trump suggesting numerous allegations of sexual abuse and physical assault by powerful men against women were false. John V. Berry, who represents government employees and contractors, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have notified the White House about the allegations but noted that the interim clearance would not have prohibited Porter from having access to sensitive information.

Porter has denied the allegations.




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

Kelly, whose appointment as chief of staff was initially seen as an step towards restoring order and discipline, has been the subject of growing controversy over the past several weeks.

The White House counselor also defended Trump following criticism over his response to the Porter allegations, saying the president is "sympathetic towards women and men who are victims of domestic violence". Trump didn't mention either of Porter's ex-wives but emphasized that Porter said he was innocent.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted a different take on his decision.

An FBI background check a year ago had uncovered the allegations of abuse by Porter, and the agency refused to grant him a permanent security clearance, but he was allowed to remain in his job. Porter and Kelly later discussed the allegations. Kelly, along with Porter, helped organize the West Wing's policy and decision-making process and infused the staff with a clearer sense of goal, officials said.

Mr Sorensen's position did not require a security clearance and that his background check had not been completed. A dismissal of Kelly would surely revive the narrative of a White House in crisis as it faces the ongoing Russian Federation probe and the midterm elections.

"He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Mr Trump added.

"You've got to have political judgment and you've got to think ahead as to what can happen that could damage the president and, for whatever reason, that didn't happen here and he's now going to pay a price for that", said Panetta.

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