Rob Porter

The Daily Mail broke the story on Feb 6, including on the record statements from both ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby.

The story was corroborated on Feb 7 by The Intercept, which also gave detailed accounts from both women: https://theintercept.com/2018/02/07/rob-porter-wives-abuse-trump-aide/

His first wife, Colbie Holderness, released pictures of herself with a black eye that she alleges Porter gave her by punching her in the face.

Colbie Holderness, with a black eye given her by her then-husband, Trump’s Staff Secretary Rob Porter

CNN reports that it was “widely known” by dozens in the White House, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, that the reason Porter wasn’t getting a security clearance is because he had abused both his ex-wives. This speaks to the culture of misogyny that runs rampant through a segment of the United States; a segment which currently controls the White House.

Porter resigned on Feb 7, after the photo of the black eye surfaced. He gave a statement to Axios:

“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”

“My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.”

Porter’s response, and that of everyone around him in the White House, has been to vehemently deny the allegations, despite the photographic proof.

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