Trump aide Rob Porter resigns from White House after abuse allegations

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Those are just some of the "facts" White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah shared with reporters Thursday afternoon at a press briefing originally scheduled for 1:00 PM that did not begin until almost three hours later.

So, this guy gets to sit in on top security briefings despite having been denied a clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At one event in the East Room, for example, Mr Porter stood in the back of the room and gestured to the president, showing him where he was supposed to go in order to sign documents.

"There was not a thumbs up or thumbs down", Shah said. In the story's wake, Porter submitted, and Kelly had accepted, his resignation on Wednesday. In a statement, he said he had taken the pictures that Holderness provided to The Intercept and that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described". Porter said in his statement.

"We were arguing and he punched me in the face", Porter's first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, told The Daily Mail. His second wife had written a blog post, without naming Porter, that said her husband had called her a name, physically prevented her from leaving the house and punched in a glass door in her home when she was locked inside.

In a fact sheet, the White House on Thursday said Donald Trump intends to end diversity lottery visa and allocate some of these to reduce backlog of high-skilled immigrants.

Porter had been under fire since Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, another of Porter's exes, shared their stories of domestic abuse and that they'd previously told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Porter has denied the allegations brought forth by his ex-wife, calling them "outrageous" and "simply false". Rob Porter has been effective in his role as Staff Secretary. Kelly asked Hagin a few weeks ago to dig deeper into why there had been delays in background checks of certain key staff, including Porter.

Porter has vehemently denied the allegations against him. The notion that they are there to protect women - "sacred" women, as Kelly once said - is risible.

According to an emergency protective order she filed in June 2010 against him in an Arlington, Virginia, court, Willoughby accused Porter of growing angry when she said he had violated a private separation agreement.

The Rice video also drew a response from the White House.

Democratic senators also requested an intelligence community investigation into security clearance protocol on Thursday, Politico reported.

Multiple media outlets now report that Porter will leave the White House this week.

"The President and Chief of Staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance".

The FBI knew of the allegations, and the White House had to have known, before a bombshell article in The Daily Mail exposed the accusations, including many details, was published Tuesday.

A president's staff secretary typically would be cleared at a level of security called Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information, allowing the aide to handle extremely sensitive information, according to a former White House official with knowledge of the process. Trump complained to aides that the chief of staff had portrayed him as a child who had to be managed, a contention that particularly irked the president in the wake of the way he was portrayed in the recent Michael Wolff book, "Fire and Fury".

Shah said that Trump did not know of the status of Porter's security clearance.

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