John Kelly couldn't have handled the Rob Porter mess worse


White House chief of staff John Kelly has discussed with President Donald Trump the possibly of resigning from his post after the West Wing shook with this week's news that a top aide had been accused of domestic violence.

Kelly says a senior aide's resignation came within an hour of learning about new accusations of spousal abuse.

Holderness and Jennie Willoughby, Porter's second wife, both said they were contacted and interviewed in January 2017 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their back-to-back marriages to Porter between 2003 and 2013.

Kelly reportedly knew about the protective order against Porter well before the staff secretary resigned.

Allegations against ousted staff secretary Rob Porter prompted a litany of questions about the president's recruitment and the ethics of those running the world's only superpower.

Trump's words arrive in contrast to John Kelly's memo to White House staff.

"It's an obviously tough time for him", Trump said. Kelly also said Trump had since "evolved" on the issue. "That just tells me that somebody's uncomfortable with the information that they have in his background".

"And we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him".

Over a year into the Trump presidency, Kushner still lacks a full security clearance potentially due to the numerous issues with his application for one. Porter said photos published of his former spouses - in which one appears to have a black eye - were "given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described".

But, elevating someone with very real questions from his past - questions that you have known about for months! - is not the job of chief of staff. Playing favorites isn't either. Ben Cardin has called for her clearance to be reviewed, noting that she has not fully divested from her own business which could create conflicts of interest with some White House initiatives.

Later that evening, he released a second statement, saying that he "was shocked by the new allegations" and that "there is no place for domestic violence in our society". "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", the statement reads. In a written statement sent through the White House press office Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said. Nope. l. And he allowed a man who faced allegations that he repeatedly abused his spouses to continue working in the people's house.

Though Trump frequently vents about senior aides, he is often loath to fire staffers.

Shah refused to confirm in detail when and how Chief of Staff Kelly in particular became aware of the claims. But Porter remained in his role, delivering all manner of information straight to the president's desk until he resigned this week.