Politics Trump questions lack of 'due process' after two aides resign over past allegations

19:07  10 february  2018
19:07  10 february  2018 Source:   The Hill

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.

Hope Hicks, another top Trump aide who is reportedly dating Porter, helped draft Kelly’s statement, according to CNN. Nobody with such allegations outstanding — particularly allegations from two separate women reported to the FBI, allegations strong enough to prevent full FBI clearance

If you’ re running, if you’ve been elected, if you’ re thinking about running — never resign . Let them pull you from office after a criminal conviction. Due process and the presumption of innocence require a system where you don’t lose your job over allegations , no matter how credible or widespread.

In this Jan. 20, 2017, photo, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary in the Oval Office. © Evan Vucci In this Jan. 20, 2017, photo, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary in the Oval Office. President Trump on Saturday raised questions about a lack of due process after two White House aides resigned this week following allegations of past domestic abuse.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new," Trump tweeted.

"There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Porter's ex-wife on female Trump aides' responses: 'I expected a woman to do better'

  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.

A top White House aide has resigned following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. A person familiar with West Wing dynamics said Porter has expressed interest in an elevated policy role over the past weeks.

A top White House aide has resigned following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. A person familiar with West Wing dynamics said Porter has expressed interest in an elevated policy role over the past weeks.

Trump's comments come after former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday after his two ex-wives came forward with allegations that he abused them physically and emotionally during their marriages.

The president on Friday praised Porter, saying he hopes Porter has a "great career ahead of him." He also said Porter did a "very good job" during his time in the White House and highlighted that Porter "says he's innocent."

The Washington Post reported Friday that White House speechwriter David Sorensen had also resigned after his former wife said he was violent and emotionally abusive during their marriage. Sorensen denied the allegations, saying he was the abuse victim.

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations. We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.

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.

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