Opinion What the White House Knew About Rob Porter

20:46  14 february  2018
20:46  14 february  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

  White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him. Porter, a top White House staffer, resigned from his position Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse were made public by his two ex-wives. Porter has denied their allegations.A top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Porter was initially defended by glowing White House statements in spite of his resignation.

Rob Porter , former White House staff secretary, in Washington in January.CreditMichael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency. The White House knew about problems with the staff secretary Rob Porter ’s security clearance nearly a year before he was forced to resign, F.B.I

The White House timeline for how the Rob Porter scandal unfolded -- including what they knew and when they knew -- has been thoroughly debunked by testimony from FBI Director Christopher Wray and extensive CNN reporting.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Rob Porter, former White House staff secretary, in Washington in January. © Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency Rob Porter, former White House staff secretary, in Washington in January.

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The White House knew about problems with the staff secretary Rob Porter’s security clearance nearly a year before he was forced to resign, F.B.I. director Christopher Wray said this week. We know now that the hold up on his clearance was tied to allegations of domestic abuse — and the Trump White House seems to have known that by last November, too.

Biden on Trump aide Rob Porter: 'It's long past due that he left'

  Biden on Trump aide Rob Porter: 'It's long past due that he left' Joe Biden criticized the White House Thursday for allowing a top aide to President Donald Trump to stay on despite his alleged history of domestic abuse. That aide, White House staff secretary Rob Porter, resigned Wednesday after the allegations became public."I can't explain it. It's long past due that he left," Biden told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell when asked about Porter's access to the president, as well as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Senior White House aide Rob Porter physically assaulted two ex-wives, they tell @theintercept. The Washington Post reports that White House Counsel Donald McGahn knew that Porter 's ex-wives were both prepared to make accusations against him.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about Rob Porter ’s departure from the White House amid allegations of abuse made by his two ex-wives. Shah didn’t offer many details when asked if Kelly knew about the allegations of abuse made by Porter ’s ex-wives. “This is part of an ongoing

This contradicts Trump aides’ reassurances that they were as shocked as anyone to read about Porter’s alleged misogynist violence in The Daily Mail last week. (I fail to see how the notion that the executive branch gets its intelligence from The Daily Mail could possibly be reassuring to any sentient creature crawling this planet’s sizzling crust, but many things are beyond me these days.)

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Wray testified that the F.B.I. sent the White House a partial report about the “problems” with Porter in March 2017, following that with a full background check in July, and a further update in November. The investigation was “administratively closed” in January, several weeks before Donald Trump presumably — according to the White House’s initial timeline — heard about the allegations against his buddy.

Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will'

  Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will' <p>One of the ex-wives of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said that if he hasn't been abusive during his relationship with communications director Hope Hicks, he soon would be.</p>Jennie Willoughby, who was married to Porter for four years until 2013, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she was worried for Hicks.

The White House refused to reveal Thursday what officials knew , and when, about accusations that former Staff Secretary Rob Porter physically abused two ex-wives.

New round of recriminations in the White House after aides say they knew about abuse allegations against Rob Porter months ago. Rob Porter resigned from his role as White House staff secretary on Wednesday.

True to form for the Trump White House, even doing nothing was an unachievably high bar. Not only was Porter allowed to remain in his position (and briefly defended by the administration after the allegations finally became public), at the time of his termination he was reportedly being considered for multiple promotions: speechwriting, an expanded policy portfolio, a crack at deputy chief of staff. CNN reported that chief of staff John Kelly, aware of the allegations for months, “told associates that Porter was one of the few competent professionals on his staff and wanted to ensure that he was being used to his full potential.” One wonders if Kelly saw the photographs of Porter’s ex-wife’s face, the gold and the purple nimbus around her eye, the angry swell, the throb of it.

What a luxurious degree of compartmentalization we afford white men — to not only separate Porter the guy-whose-ex-wife-filed-a-protective-order-against-him from Porter the guy-who-is-pretty-good-at-being-a-staff-secretary, but then to weigh their relative importance and choose the latter. (I believe that unit of measurement is called “capitalism.”)

Kelly indicated to Trump he was willing to resign: report

  Kelly indicated to Trump he was willing to resign: report Chief of staff John Kelly has reportedly indicated to President Trump that he is willing to resign amid the controversy surrounding his handling of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.Individuals close to Kelly and the president told ABC News that the chief of staff has "made it clear" over the past 24 hours that he would be willing to step down.The White House, however, said in statement provided to CNN that Kelly has not offered to step down."He has not offered to resign," spokesman Hogan Gidley said.ABC's report came hours after reports that Trump was considering options for replacing Kelly.

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, hours after Britain's Daily Mail and The Intercept reported that Porter physically and verbally abused both of his ex-wives. But other than that established point, the White House has given significantly different versions of who knew what, when.

“I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary Wednesday evening, CNN reported that senior aides in the White House were aware for months about the allegations against Porter , including Kelly.

Inasmuch as we can judge a person’s interior based on their actions, it’s fair to say that a man who disregards women’s physical and sexual boundaries, as President Trump reportedly has, does not care about women. If it is possible to simultaneously care about women and subordinate their wishes to yours, to prioritize your sexual urges over their bodily autonomy, then what does “care” even mean? I think it’s also fair to say that a man who lashes out at women with physical violence, as Porter allegedly has, harbors some degree of hatred for them. What else does “hatred” mean if not this — the object of our fury, the thing we love to hurt?

It should come as no surprise, then, that the Trump White House shrugged at the safety of two individual American women; after all, it is expressly hostile to the safety of 125 million. This is an administration that campaigned, explicitly, on a promised return to some midcentury mirage of American “greatness,” when white men ruled unfettered and the rest of us resumed our places on the spectrum between property and servitude.

Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report

  Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter reportedly blamed his ex-wife's black eye on a fall while defending himself against abuse allegations in an off-the-record meeting with four journalists last week.According to a Politico report on Tuesday, Porter told The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, The Washington P ost's Josh Dawsey, Axios's Jonathan Swan and The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender that his ex-wife Colbie Holderness had fallen during a vacation in Florence and bruised her eye.

WASHINGTON -- White House staff secretary Rob Porter returned to the White House Thursday to collect his belongings, a day after resigning from his post over allegations of spousal abuse. That means Kelly could have known much more much sooner.

Senior members of the White House knew of the allegations of domestic abuse against staff secretary Rob Porter for months. But instead of pushing him out, the administration welcomed him.

The Trumpists long to disembowel the health care system and force pregnant people to give birth against their will. They are wholly obsessed with shoring up intergenerational poverty and leaving the most vulnerable to die. They seem determined to irreparably rend gay families and immigrant families and ship the sons and husbands of impoverished women off to frivolous vanity wars and sacrifice the sons and husbands of black women to our “Anglo-American” law enforcement traditions. What is that but carelessness and hate on a global scale? When have they demonstrated genuine, substantive care for any women other than their token pets?

Porter’s “problems” and his superiors’ indifference to them are not anomalous in Trump’s White House; both are foundational to its ethos. It’s no coincidence that Steve Bannon (himself an accused domestic abuser) perceived #MeToo and #TimesUp as a direct response to the Trump presidency itself.

This quadrangular tug-of-war — private violence, public service, public atrocities, private kindness — has sprung up around the #MeToo movement in a similar way. Before the ink was dry on the first wave of allegations, somber heralds of a supposed “backlash” began attempting to drag the movement back into the shadows. Where will it end, they asked? What about due process? What about separating the art from the artist? But he’s so nice! He never tried to rape me. (The same fatal flaw lies at the heart of every “humanizing” media expedition into Trump country. But they love soup! They take care of their pets!)

Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation

  Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the White House could have done a better job handling the Rob Porter domestic-abuse allegations. Pence said that the Trump administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence," but added that "the White House could have handled this better."The vice president's remarks come as the saga surrounding Porter shows no signs of ending, and after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced his panel would begin an investigation.

Porter resigned after his two ex-wives came forward to allege abuse. But what did the White House know ? By Andrew Prokop. “I work in politics, and despite Rob ’s repeated abuse, some of which I think many know about , he continues to rise and I’m afraid to go against him,” she wrote to

Although the White House insisted that the claims against Porter didn’t fully arise until this week, a new report says otherwise. The White House Reportedly Knew About The Rob Porter Domestic Abuse Allegations Months Ago.

It’s true that we have a lot to figure out. The very foundations of our culture are marbled with violence, exploitation, and exclusion — the work of brilliant abusers (and mediocre ones), the institutional scaffolding that enabled them, and the conspicuous absence of their victims. Separating art from artist, to some degree, may not be a choice. We can’t un-Miles-Davis music, or de-Alfred-Hitchcock film — nor, necessarily, should we. I don’t know the answers. There is doing harm, there is making amends, there is being better, and there is hoping the world will take you back. Being forgiven is not a guarantee, nor is being remembered. But it is a privilege, not a burden, to get to witness and participate in this conversation, to build better institutions and better systems together.

The question of whether we can separate the art from the artist — or the fairly competent secretarial work from the domestic violence allegations — is bigger than Harvey Weinstein, or Quentin Tarantino, or Rob Porter. It is bigger than art. It is bigger than politics. It’s the question of whether anything at all can be truly divorced from its context. Americans are, arguably, too adept at such compartmentalization. It is our defining sickness. We separate the founding of this country from the slave-owning founding fathers. We separate the theft of this continent from our own bodies standing on it. We separate the present from the past.

Sometimes the past catches up.

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FBI had photos showing Porter’s alleged abuse in early 2017: report .
<p>The FBI had photos showing former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's alleged domestic abuse toward his ex-wife in early 2017, CNN reports, raising questions about what information senior aides such as counsel Don McGahn had access to regarding Porter.</p>The bureau obtained the photos of Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness with a black eye just seven days after President Trump's inauguration, according to CNN. Holderness provided the photos as part of Porter's background check to obtain a security clearance.

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