Second White House Staffer Resigns Amid Domestic Abuse Claims

Sunday, 11 Feb, 2018

Two days after White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned from his position following alleged abuse by his ex-wives, another aide David Sorensen, White House speechwriter has resigned after domestic abuse allegations.

He denied the claims but quit his post on Thursday, after he was confronted about them, according to Raj Shah, deputy White House spokesman.

The president emphasized that former staff secretary Rob Porter maintains his innocence, and Trump made no mention of the women who have reported physical and emotional abuse.

She claimed that he allegedly had run over her foot with a auto and threw her against a wall.

Sorensen told the Post he stepped down because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". Sorenson's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, accused him of repeatedly abusing her during their turbulent 2½-year marriage.

Staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, after denying accusations by his two ex-wives, calling the charges "outrageous" and "simply false".

West Wing staff - including chief of staff John Kelly - initially defended Porter despite the allegations of abuse by both of his ex-wives.

Kayleigh McEnany, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, delivered a firm denouncement of domestic violence on Saturday as the White House faces criticism over its handling of abuse allegations against a former aide. "And the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual who we had come to know".

It was Trump's first comment on the allegations against Porter, who had been one of his most trusted staff members until this week. Corbett told The Post that she described his behavior to the FBI last fall as the bureau was conducting a background check of Sorensen.

Mr Sorensen denied the allegations, the Post reported, and claimed that he was abused by her.

Trump in early December on Twitter endorsed Moore, who lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a huge upset to the GOP in the red state.

"Hope is absolutely fantastic", Trump said in a statement to The New York Times released through a spokesperson Friday.

Trump added: "We hope that he will have a wonderful career".

With key midterm elections approaching in November, they would also like to move away from the narrative of a White House in disarray.

Of Porter, Trump said, "It's obviously a tough time for him". Corbett had reportedly first made her accusations against Sorensen to the F.B.I.in October 2017, while Sorensen was unergoing a background check.

In June 2017, Mr Porter's preliminary file was sent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the White House security office, containing the abuse allegations. Sorensen told WaPo that he consulted with an attorney and was "considering legal options to address her defamation".