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White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns After Ex-Wives Accuse Him of Domestic Abuse

White House Aide Rob Porter Resigns After Ex-Wives Accuse Him of Domestic Abuse

Porter denies the allegations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXspKPq87is

White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Tuesday after allegations made by his two ex-wives. Porter is reportedly dating White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks.

In interviews with The Daily Mail, both of Porter’s ex-wives detailed allegations of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse.

Rob Porter has resigned from his role as White House staff secretary after his first ex-wife told DailyMail.com that he choked and punched her during their marriage, breaking down her confidence so badly with his verbal and emotional abuse that she took an extended leave of absence from grad school.

Colbie Holderness, 37, who is a senior analyst for the U.S. government, spoke on the record to DailyMail.com about her five-year marriage to Porter, detailing physical and mental abuse.

…Colbie’s revelations follow DailyMail.com’s exclusive interview on Tuesday evening with Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, who told how Porter, 40, once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h’ on their honeymoon.

In 2010, Willoughby filed a protective order against Porter after he violated their separation agreement and refused to leave their apartment. According to a complaint filed with the police, he punched the glass on the door to their home, cutting his hand in the process.

Holderness revealed to DailyMail.com that she was interviewed by the FBI – as was Willoughby – about her marriage after Porter was tapped for his current White House position as White House staff secretary and required security clearance – clearance which he has not received.

Holderness shared the photos of her injuries with the FBI, photos pictured in this story.

The Daily Mail report is lengthy and detailed as both of Porter’s ex-wives shared their accounts of life with Porter.

Porters full statement:

“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”

“My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.”

According to Axios, Porter wasn’t pressured to resign but chose to do so anyway:

Nobody pressured him to resign, per multiple officials. A White House official said senior officials were trying to convince Porter “to stay and fight.” Those officials included Chief of Staff John Kelly.

White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders read Porter’s statement in a press conference Wednesday:

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Two ex-wives? Two of them? Both singing the same tune?

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    JusticeDelivered in reply to fscarn. | February 7, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Sounds to me like he should sue both of them for libel-defamation. If they have no tangible proof, he could be collecting from them for a long time.

      You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about, do you?

      The proof will be plain to see. There will be no legal action by Porter.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2018 at 6:53 pm

        So, what would be the basis to to kill such a lawsuit?
        1) That there is actual evidence that he beat one or both of them?
        2) That he is subject to a higher burden of proof because he is a public figure?
        3) Occasionally, rarely, you write something with merit, more often it is pure BS.

          Ragspierre in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm

          “They” have no burden to prove anything.

          HE has all the burdens (though it MAY be possible to shift some during litigation).

          And, yes, he could very well be considered a “public person” for NYT analysis.

          One of us is an attorney who both sues and defends in defamation.

Sounds like he mainly worked with Kelly, and that Kelly was his biggest supporter.

today’s climate he probably had to resign, just to avoid being a distraction that all of the news outlets were going to focus on.

I’m always highly suspicious of things like this.

Ex-wives, YEARS later, and instead of filing police reports they both give interviews to the press?

And oh by the way one of them is a ‘senior analyst’ for the US government. No points for guessing what political party she belongs to.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Olinser. | February 7, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Well yes, we can and should be suspicious, and we should be suspicious of all the parties here, including Mr. Porter.

    Props to Mr. Trump and his team: when this came up there was no muss, no fuss, no delay, no obfuscation. Just BOOM and he’s gone.

    When someone has to go, that’s how you do it.

    Ragspierre in reply to Olinser. | February 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    “In 2010, Willoughby filed a protective order against Porter after he violated their separation agreement and refused to leave their apartment. According to a complaint filed with the police, he punched the glass on the door to their home, cutting his hand in the process.”

    Read.

4th armored div | February 7, 2018 at 3:42 pm

were there police reports filed, arrests made.

why now ?
destroying someone is hard to defend against ….

Why did they drag Hope Hicks into this??

Wonder if they’re being paid by the same people who set up Trump and Moore?

    Ragspierre in reply to SDN. | February 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Are you keeping up with all those lawsuits that Moore was filing?

    It would take a crystal ball to find one…

Odd that the FBI didn’t notice this when vetting him.

    Tom Servo in reply to Petrushka. | February 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Those who’ve seen a good number of divorce cases know that this kind of accusation is pretty standard for all of them. Doesn’t mean they’re true or not true, just means that if a mans gone through a divorce, you can probably always dig up this kind of dirt on him in the filings. It’s just par for the course these days. (And he’ll say he didn’t, and she’ll say he did, and then the lawyers will go into a small room and negotiate a settlement, in which both parties agree to terms and agree to stop talking smack about each other in front of the kids)

      Petrushka in reply to Tom Servo. | February 7, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Probably standard in states that lack no fault divorce.

      AmandaFitz in reply to Tom Servo. | February 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      A very close friend of my husband and me was separated from his wife, since she had found a new “friend” (an artist whose “soul” was closer to hers). Our friend told me she threatened to allege that he had molested their young daughter, if he didn’t give her everything she wanted in the divorce. She was quite serious and would have done it too. He “gave good wallet” and she didn’t want to lose that part of the marriage. He was not the kind of guy who would have EVER molested his daughter, but he knew that the mere allegation would have been ruinous. Sadly, he was murdered, by a man who stole his car, before the divorce proceedings even started. The wife became a very wealthy widow. I always wondered….. Mere allegations can ruin a man forever- look at the Duke Lacrosse case.

        Ragspierre in reply to AmandaFitz. | February 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

        Despite the expert opinion of Tom “Perry Mason” Swift, in all the divorces and litigation to change custody orders I’ve handled, I’ve never had one…as in not any…false allegations of any kind of abuse be lodged.

        In Texas, last time I looked, it’s a felony to make a false claim of child abuse in a family law proceeding. IIRC

        Juries don’t like them, either.

          RedEchos in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2018 at 1:35 am

          Having just gone through a divorce case myself I would say that you are mistaken. My ex wife accuse me of molesting my son. Well, she did not accuse me she implied that I did something. Said she was afraid he was being molested and wanted the doctor to check him. That’s not quite an accusation , but how do you fight such a thing?

          She has accused me of being a racist, a pedophile, of abusing my son, of trying to kill him, and also my brother and mother of the same. She did not make these allegations in court, but she did mention it to the teachers and other people around here. These coloured the actions of the teachers that my son had in their dealings with me.

          She did call CPS on me and maybe same accusations. These were not mentioned in court they actually came after our last hearing, but what would you recommend in such a case? I understand that CPS is not the court, however, those reports can be entered in the court of law. Report comes back “unsubstantiated”. The point is I have had these accusations filed on me and anyone who sees that’s gonna say ‘well look at that’ and never dig deeper.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

          It sounds as though you are well shed of that toxic person.

          As to the false accusations, I doubt very much that they will give you much…if any…trouble. Your main challenge is not making yourself a victim of them. Let all that go.

          If this is the first instance in your life where some has done something to falsely cast you in a bad light, you are a fortunate human being.

          I often counsel my clients to just set your course away from that person, and soon they will be lost over the horizon. Unfortunately, that’s so much more difficult when you have children that require co-parenting. I hope you can do the very hard work of that role successfully.

    molonlabe28 in reply to Petrushka. | February 7, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Blame it on the data reviewers who were supposed to be reading and assessing the personal data it obtained as a result of a FISA warrant against him.

    But most of the DOJ and the FBI have been too distracted with looking for Russian collusion to have much time for anything else.

    Ragspierre in reply to Petrushka. | February 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Holderness revealed to DailyMail.com that she was interviewed by the FBI – as was Willoughby – about her marriage after Porter was tapped for his current White House position as White House staff secretary and

    ****required security clearance – clearance which he has not received.****

    And wasn’t going to get. Obviously.

Yet another coordinated smear campaign… this crap is getting really stale, really fast. Sooner or later it all becomes nothing more than white noise. Then what?

“Holderness revealed to DailyMail.com that she was interviewed by the FBI – as was Willoughby – about her marriage after Porter was tapped for his current White House position as White House staff secretary and required security clearance – clearance which he has not received.“

Sincerely hope Hope – who went to high school with my kids – drops this guy like a hot potato.

JusticeDelivered | February 7, 2018 at 6:24 pm

I know someone who was a hard worker, a good honest man, who was unfortunate enough to marry a schemer. Actually, a daughter of a prostitute who grew up to be a welfare queen. He divorced her, years later she and a number of her kids claimed to have had repressed memories of sexual abuse. These kinds of claims were typical of this woman, she was just trying to shake him down one more time. She was also known to burn houses for insurance and many other similar schemes. Eventually, he won, but at a staggering cost. Any association with that woman left the poor slob of a man with the equivalent of an incurable STD.

Obama got elected to the Senate by getting hold of sealed divorce filings for Jack Ryan.

These stories might be true. On the other hand, they might not. There’s not a good way for the public to know what’s true at this point.

As I said, I was in LE for 3 decades. I have lost track of the number of petite women, at domestic disturbances, who declared that their 6’+, 200# husband had tried to kill them, usually by strangling them, while neither the woman nor the man had a single mark on them. Does anyone doubt that a 6′, 200
3 man, in good physical condition, could not kill a 5’2″, 100# woman, if he wanted to? There is violence, then there is the female perception of violence.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | February 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Really? Tell us more about this “female perception of violence”, and how it differs from just plain old assault and battery.

    And since when did this become about murder, Detective? Or was that all just more of your bloviating and deflection?

    Physically abusive people of both sexes seldom do real, detectable damage to their victims.

      RedEchos in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2018 at 1:41 am

      My ex wife, it’s really unpleasant woman, used to accuse me of raising my voice and screaming at her all the time. Unfortunately for her, I was recording my conversations with her. The recording show quite clear the I find did not raise my voice, but that she was playing to the crowd around her period.

      These were never used in court; they didn’t have to be because it was never brought up. She did accuse me of being violent and kicking her car which is why I recorded every interaction with her and she never use those accusations against me if open court because I had proof she was lying. If I didn’t have that proof guess what she would have done?

      My point is I do not believe anything text comes out in court without actual evidence. No one should believe anything that comes out of divorce proceedings without actual evidence.

        Ragspierre in reply to RedEchos. | February 8, 2018 at 7:59 am

        Oral testimony IS evidence. Always stronger with corroboration, which can be from other people’s oral testimony.

        But in many cases quite enough. Did you see the great big hole in Porter’s statement?

        Again, sorry about your choices.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | February 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

          “The charge being made is not simpLe battery, but attempted MURDER.”

          Were in the wide, wide wonderful world of sports did you find that, Sherlock?

      The charge being made is not simpLe battery, but attempted MURDER. The difference is B-A-T-T-E-R-Y and M-U-R-D-E-R. Got that? or need I repeat it.

      The point was that the woman, if she was indeed battered, PERCEIVED the level of force used as an attempt to KILL her. However, given the disparity of size and strength, if the male had been trying to KILL the female, he could easily have done so.

      PERCEPTION is not REALITY. And, women have a tendency to perceive any action which scares them or causes them concern as VIOLENCE against them. If I slapped you across the face with an open hand and you accused me of attempting to kill you, the investigators would laugh their heads off along with every other person who heard your claim. Yet, for some unknown reason, you seem to think that every word which leaves a woman’s mouth is the literal, actual truth. Interesting mindset, there.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | February 8, 2018 at 8:43 pm

        “Yet, for some unknown reason, you seem to think that every word which leaves a woman’s mouth is the literal, actual truth. Interesting mindset, there.”

        That’s simply stupid, and an attempt to move the goal-posts.

        What part of your ass did you pull the “murder allegation” from, Sherlock?

        I don’t “believe” much of anything one person claims against another until see enough to form an opinion. I have. Two women and a T-rump administration all seem pretty clearly to understand the haps here.

        I also listened to Porter, and there’s a YUGE gap in his statement.

Like I said in another post here, it is the man’s word against the woman’s word and in this case two women. He had no chance. Truth will never come into the picture nor does it matter to the msm or the public.

We really have no idea who to believe in this. The stories could have been coordinated, especially in today’s hostile environment. What better way to say I love you NOT, than make allegations years latter with no proof, yet because you are a man, you will be found guilty by the moral elite media.

The downside to the feminists warpath is it will mean men will hesitate to give women jobs where they have to deal with them one on one. Positions where travel might need to be involved opens all kinds of potential problems. I can’t imagine being a male today entering dating age, how can you protect yourself from accusations stemming from these dates years down the road, especially if you are in any kind of public position.

https://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2018/02/08/watch-vp-pence-give-bloodless-mechanical-answer-questions-abusive-white-house-aide/

Well, I guess Pence is captain of the downhill duh team, huh?

What a shame. He used to be somebody…

cjharrispretzer | February 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm

I feel so weird about this. And I’m writing as a woman who suffered severe DV at the hands of my husband (now EX). So much so that he was convicted and sent to prison for 8 years.
I guess what has never occurred to me is now that my ex husband is out of prison, do I have the right to go to his employer and make sure the employer knows that in 2008 he nearly killed a woman? I honestly didn’t know I had the right to intrude on my ex husband’s private life until the end of time.
I figure I did my job. I called 911 the same night the incident happened. I followed through on the prosecution. And now if some idiot employer wants to hire him, that’s up to them.
It seems highly dubious for everyone to treat the Porter situation the same as if he had been convicted in a court of law. The way CNN was acting was ridiculous.

    Ragspierre in reply to cjharrispretzer. | February 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

    “I honestly didn’t know I had the right to intrude on my ex husband’s private life until the end of time.”

    Of course you had that right. You might chose to abstain, but not in the face of telling investigators who had a duty to delve into his past what you knew. In that case, you had a moral duty to tell your story.

    Likewise, take the case of someone close to you who was considering a relationship with your former husband. You would have a moral duty to that person to tell them what you knew.

    “It seems highly dubious for everyone to treat the Porter situation the same as if he had been convicted in a court of law.”

    But the comparison is fallacious. He was not being put at risk of his liberty and/or property. He was being considered for a job in the highest reaches of government. A job for which it is apparent he was not fit. A decision to hire or retain…like a decision to vote for someone…does not require “due process”. It only requires the application of discernment.

https://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2018/02/09/john-kelly-white-house-counsel-knew-months-aides-abusive-past-didnt-act/

A lot of the conspiratorial nonsense expressed here is being shown for what it was and is.

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