It was reported early Thursday that chief of staff John Kelly knew about the domestic abuse allegations against White House staff secretary Rob Porter before he was forced to resign. Now, according to a new report, White House counsel Don McGahn also knew about the allegations months before Porter left his post.
According to The Washington Post, both McGahn and Kelly knew about the allegations against Porter months prior to his departure.
The report states that McGhan knew of the allegations as early as January 2017 but didn’t say anything because he saw Porter as a steadying force in the Trump administration and wanted to keep him on staff.
The Post also reported that one of Porter’s former girlfriends called McGahn in November of last year to ask him to take action against Porter. McGahn informed other officials in the Trump administration about the allegations but failed to take further action.
McGahn declined to comment to the Post through a White House spokesman. While Kelly has constantly denied knowing anything about the allegations until Porter left the White House.
“I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” Kelly said.
“I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation,” he continued. “I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.”