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

01:16  14 february  2018
01:16  14 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse

  Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse Jennifer Willoughby, the second ex-wife of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, told NBC News Thursday that she informed the FBI during his background interview for a top-level security clearance that he was abusive toward her."During the FBI background interview for security clearance, I shared with the FBI all of the details that I shared in previous articles, including access to a protective order from June of 2010, and police calls that I had made to our home," she told NBC News' Kristen Welker.

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter ’ s version of his alleged domestic violence includes how one ex - wife suffered a black eye “when she fell .” Porter told staffers that Colbie Holderness tumbled during a struggle over a piece of glass in a Venetian hotel room, according to ABC News.

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

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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 Post'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.

Porter resigned from his White House post on Wednesday following reports that his two ex-wives accused him of past emotional and physical violence. Holderness also shared photos of herself with a black eye that she said Porter gave her.

Rob Porter's ex-wife says he asked her to "downplay" abuse allegations

  Rob Porter's ex-wife says he asked her to Jennie Willoughby said she doesn't think Porter has changed, and she's worried about White House communications director Hope Hicks , who he is currently dating.Willoughby told Cooper that Porter asked her to take down a blog post from April 2017 detailing the abuse, and asked her to put out a statement downplaying the allegations. Ultimately, Willoughby said she didn't agree to the statement because she didn't agree with the language. Willoughby said she was in contact with Porter within the last two weeks, but has not been since the Daily Mail broke the allegations Tuesday night.

Porter said his ex - wife bruised her eye during an altercation regarding a Venetian vase. Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told reporters that his ex - wife Colbie Holderness received a black eye from a fall , following the release of a photo featuring Holderness with a black eye and

Porter claimed ex - wife ' s black eye was from a fall . Rob Porter , a White House staff secretary and close aide to Chief of Staff John Kelly, stepped down last Wednesday after his ex - wives accused him of physically abusing them.

Porter has denied the accusations, and also reportedly told White House senior staff the same story about Holderness's black eye.

The White House has faced mounting scrutiny over its handling of the allegations against Porter. Reports emerged Tuesday that the White House arranged an off-the-record meeting between Porter and the four reporters after the accusations were made public.

A person familiar with the meeting told Politico that Porter confirmed to reporters his intention to resign, but that White House communications aides said that Chief of Staff John Kelly had encouraged him to stay.

He also reportedly admitted to at least one of the accusations, that he had called his ex-wife a "f---ing bitch."

The White House's handling of the allegations against Porter has been at the center of controversy after it was reported that Kelly knew about the accusations early last year and did not take action.

The White House has stood by its position that a personnel investigation of Porter was still underway when he resigned, despite FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying that the FBI closed its background check of Porter last January.

Updated at 5:10 p.m.

Porter's ex-wives receive apology letter from Hatch .
The ex-wives of Rob Porter, a White House aide who recently resigned over domestic abuse allegations, say they have received letters of apology from Porter's old boss, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who previously defended his former staffer as a "decent man."Load Error

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