Second White House aide resigns over domestic abuse claims

Rob Porter with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

In an interview in The Washington Post, which first reported the allegations against Sorensen and his resignation, his former wife, Jessica Corbett, detailed a volatile 2 ½-year marriage in which Sorensen ran over her foot while driving a auto and put out a lit cigarette on her hand.

Sorensen resigned after being confronted by White House officials, spokesman Raj Shah said.

A second White House staffer has resigned this week due to allegations of domestic assault.

Sorensen denied Corbett's allegations in the report, instead claiming that he also suffered abuse during their marriage of over two years.

Later Wednesday night, Kelly issued a new statement condemning domestic violence and saying he was "shocked by the new allegations" against Porter.

Later in the day, the White House dealt far more aggressively with another allegation of abuse. Trump was also not aware of the severity of the alleged abuse until yesterday, when Ivanka walked into the Oval Office and showed her father a photo published in the Daily Mail of Porter's ex-wife with a black eye.

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White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a former staffer for Sens. The Post was in the process of looking into domestic violence claims by his former wife, Jessica Corbett.

Porter's resignation on Wednesday has raised questions about how long it took the White House to act on the accusations.

"It's extraordinary that a president would essentially back a disgraced aide who even his chief of staff admits is guilty of spousal abuse", Sabato said.

"As you probably know he says he is innocent", Trump added, saying that Porter did "very well" in the White House. But the background checks were still underway for both men at the time of their resignations, and there is no indication that the White House conducted its own review of either aide.

"No accusations, allegations, or evidence of domestic violence on the part of David Sorenson were ever brought to the attention of the Governor or the First Lady", Rabinowitz said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. He cited the 690,000 official DACA registrants and said that President Donald Trump effectively raised that number to include 1.8 million people. CNN previously reported that a source familiar with the matter said Porter's ex-girlfriend called White House counsel Donald McGahn in recent weeks to inform him of abuse allegations, and added that whatever McGahn did with the information clearly wasn't enough. "And it could've been a 'he said, she said.' It may not have been a clear case". She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent. Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said of the allegations, "If you want to serve the public, particularly as a member of a president's staff, I don't care who you are, even if you're a Rhodes Scholar, you can't beat the hell out of your spouse".

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