Family feud: Rob Porter's domestic scandal riles White House

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Willoughby and Holderness were both contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the process of giving the White House senior aide security clearance, which he never received.

Porter was operating with an interim security clearance at the time of his resignation Wednesday.

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE was unhappy with deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Thursday after Shah said the White House could have done a better job handling the situation surrounding abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter, according to CNN.

At the court-martial, Kelly praised the colonel as a "superb Marine officer", as The New York Times reported Thursday. Mr. Trump has rarely made criticisms about. She said it has been "cathartic" to discuss the emotional toll of her four-year marriage to Porter, for which she had largely blamed herself.

Speaking during the White House briefing on Thursday, spokesman Raj Shah said Hicks had recused herself from some matters related to the Porter fallout.

Porter resigned Wednesday, but he denies the allegations.

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Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him.

She recalled an incident in which Porter allegedly followed her to the bathroom during a prolonged fight, grabbed her by the shoulders and dragged her out of the shower "to continue the rage".

"He became fully aware about these allegations yesterday", said Shah.

That Marine colonel, Todd Shane Tomko, was the former commander of the Marines' Wounded Warrior Regiment, but according to his defense attorney and to Chief of Staff Kelly and other character witnesses at his court-martial, he had spiraled rapidly as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Both women also told CNN Wednesday that a third woman, a girlfriend of Porter's, contacted them for advice about how to deal with Porter's "repeated abuse". "He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said.

Guthrie then brought up Porter's first ex-wive Colbie Holderness, who accused the former Trump aide of beating her, noting she released an image showing her with a black eye.

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The revelations have rocked the White House, forcing questions about whether chief of staff John Kelly knew about the allegations. The entire White House's knee-jerk reaction to allegations is to believe the accused man and call the woman a liar spreading fake news.

Willoughby said Porter asked her to say she had taken some "liberties with that therapeutic post", but, she said, "when I thought about it, I didn't".

"He had asked me multiple times to take down my Instagram post", she said, referring to a post in which she described abuse in a general terms, but without using his name.

On Thursday, Willoughby also alleged Porter asked her to "downplay" a blog post entitled "Why I stayed" that she made on the same subject on April 24, 2017, "asking me to emphasize more the relationship that he and I have now as opposed to what I experienced in our marriage".

While domestic violence can begin at any point in a relationship, it's a "very common story that it's only after the couple are married that the violence, or certainly the more severe physical violence, begins", said Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy at Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending violence against women and children. "His clearance was never denied, and he resigned", Shah added.

Around the spring of 2010, Willoughby said Porter came looking for her at their previously shared home and it appeared that he had punched a glass pane on the front door.

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