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

19:51  08 february  2018
19:51  08 february  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Orrin Hatch had two statements on Rob Porter's resignation

  Orrin Hatch had two statements on Rob Porter's resignation Moments after Rob Porter resigned from his post as White House staff secretary on Wednesday, reporters received two very different statements from Porter's former boss, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Load Error One statement offered a strong defense of Porter, while another was less robust and carried a sharply different tone as Porter faces allegations of abuse from his two former wives. Prior to working in the White House, Porter served as Hatch's chief of staff.

"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 and to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. "I understand that he departed — if you just look at it from a perspective of one thing

Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized the White House Thursday for allowing a top aide to President Donald Trump to stay on despite apparent knowledge of his alleged history of domestic abuse.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. © AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized the White House Thursday for allowing a top aide to President Donald Trump to stay on despite apparent knowledge of 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.

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.

Filed under: News, Politics, White House Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized the White House Thursday for allowing a top aide to President Donald Trump to stay on despite apparent FBI Report Says It Informed White House Multiple Times About Red Flags in Rob Porter ’ s Background Check.

"I understand that he departed — if you just look at from a perspective of one thing, the FBI didn't think he should get a security clearance," Biden said, commenting on reports that senior White House officials, including Kelly, were aware of the accusations against Porter, and that the FBI had not issued Porter a top security clearance.

"I'm having enormous difficulty understanding how this White House functions," he added.

Porter's two ex-wives, Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, told DailyMail.com in a report published Tuesday that Porter was physically and verbally abusive to them during their marriages.

Holderness and Willoughby each confirmed the accounts of their allegations to NBC News on Wednesday. In a statement announcing his departure, Porter denied the accusations, saying, "These outrageous allegations are simply false."

White House aide resigns amid accusations of domestic abuse

  White House aide resigns amid accusations of domestic abuse White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, a day after a British newspaper reported allegations from two ex-wives of physical and verbal abuse.Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it was "a personal decision Rob made," and that he "will stay on to ensure a smooth transition.

Porter could leave the White House as early as Thursday, a White House official told NBC News, despite Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying Wednesday that Porter would remain on to ensure a smooth transition.

Biden said he believed the White House had to know that the FBI reportedly flagged Porter's security clearance because of the past abuse allegations.

"Sure they knew ... look, the culture's changing, thank God, but not fast enough," Biden said, referring to the watershed #MeToo movement, which has seen women come forward to detail their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

"The idea that this would happen in the Oval Office — now, I don't know — I was briefed on the way in that when the president found out about it he said 'go,' and if that's the case, if the president never knew about it then good for the president," Biden said.

Porter's ex-wife on female Trump aides' responses: 'I expected a woman to do better' .
The first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said she "expected a woman to do better" after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say whether President Trump believed the abuse allegations against Porter. Colbie Holderness, one of Porter's two ex-wives accusing him of domestic abuse, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday that she was dismayed by Huckabee Sanders and White House aide Kellyanne Conway's comments about the allegations.Holderness said that she was taken aback by Conway's comments on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

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