White House aide Rob Porter resigns

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter center President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in January 2017

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter center President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in January 2017

President Donald Trump's staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned Wednesday from the White House after two ex-wives told a newspaper he had physically and verbally abused them.

Another former Obama administration official, Matthew Miller, who served as Justice Department spokesman, also raised concerns on Wednesday over the fact that the White House retained Porter, despite being told about the abuse allegations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

His career at the White House has now come to an abrupt end after photos published by DailyMail.com showed Porter's ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, with a black eye.

"If there was to be a staff secretary in the Trump administration I hope to God it is Rob".

Porter has been dating White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of the most influential figures in the West Wing, several people familiar with their relationship say. The White House staff secretary - who has access to and reviews presidential correspondence - never received full security clearance, and the allegations were the main reason why, two sources tell CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett.

In a statement confirming his departure, Porter denied the allegations.

Photos published of his former spouses were taken almost 15 years ago and don't tell the full story, Porter said. "I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign", Porter said.

Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary worked closely with chief of staff John Kelly and controlled the paper flow to President Trump's desk, will step down, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The White House, however, has continued to support Porter even after the announcement of his resignation.

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The FBI is referring all questions concerning Porter to the White House.

Sanders also described Porter as "someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character".

But Porter's former spouse said that she believes his issues are "personal and intimate" and would not have any ill effect on his job performance. I would not recommend anyone to date him or marry him.

"It's beyond disbelief", a former White House official told Vanity Fair.

"I want to be very clear when I say this", Willoughby said. "As has always been our policy, we do not comment on security clearances", she said. When Porter announced his resignation on Wednesday, Hatch issued a new statement condemning domestic violence.

"I am heartbroken by today's allegations", Senator Hatch said in a statement. "In every interaction I've had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful", he said.

The chief of staff also issued a statement of his own in defense of the disgraced aide, calling him a "a man of true integrity and honor" and a "trusted professional". "I am praying for Rob and those involved".

"I don't know", Sanders told reporters Wednesday when asked whether Trump had concerns about Porter's alleged conduct and the photos of his bruised ex wife. And on Tuesday, the Utah Senator denounced the Daily Mail's report of domestic violence allegations against Porter - comments which he walked back Wednesday after more information was reported.

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