White House praises staffer who resigned over shocking wife-beating allegations

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Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to Obama, said that the White House's decision to hire and retain staff secretary Rob Porter signals a "dangerous level of impotence" and a "disregard for human decency" in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia 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's West Wing.

Another ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the same publication that Porter verbally abused her on their 2009 honeymoon and once dragged her out of the shower.

The White House would not comment on a report that Mr Porter, 40, failed to receive security clearance. "I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said. "In every interaction I've had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful", he said.

But Willoughby said she "definitely" wanted to see Porter stay in the White House. "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".

'The President and Chief of Staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance, ' she continued, while not commenting on his character.

The White House staff secretary also helped the president follow protocol.

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Although Holderness described Porter as "a bit of a monster", chief of staff John Kelly called Porter a man of "true integrity" on Tuesday night.

Multiple sources told Axios that Porter resigned of his own volition, which press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed at today's daily press briefing.

"These outrageous allegations are simply false", Porter said in a statement.

"He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional", he said in a statement.

'I have worked directly with Rob Porter almost every day for the past year and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character, ' Sanders said Tuesday.

"He only punched me once in the eye. I am praying for Rob and those involved".

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"He graduated to choking me", she said. "He would belittle me constantly about my weight, my sexiness, how good I looked to him or didn't look to him". Porter had a crucial role in deciding what reached President Donald Trump's desk.

Before joining the administration, Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, spent almost three years as chief of staff to longtime Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rob Portman and Mike Lee. For months, Porter kept a low profile in a White House filled with outsized personalities.

'It's not a matter of "believe" or "don't believe",' she told DailyMail.com, straddling both sides of what had become a heated dispute between a trusted colleague and the women who claimed he abused them.

Last month, it was reported that he could soon leave the White House. But he had yet to entertain any of the overtures. A former Obama official told CBS News it would be hard to conduct Porter's job without a security clearance.

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