President Donald Trump and Top White House officials knew about allegations of domestic abuse levied against top White House staffer Rob Porter, even as his stock in the West Wing continued to rise, CNN reports.
Citing multiple sources familiar with the matter, CNN reported Wednesday that White House officials were aware for months of the allegations made against Porter and scrambled to defend him when the claims became public this week. That effort continues even after his resignation.
Porter’s ex-wives detailed the allegations to the FBI over the course of a routine background check, they told the News Network.
By early fall, it was widely known among Trump’s top aides — including chief of staff John Kelly — both that Porter was facing troubles in obtaining the clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them. No action was taken to remove him from the staff.
White House communications director Hope Hicks was put in the awkward position of leading the response to her purported boyfriend’s ouster, CNN crime and justice correspondent Shimon Prokupecz reported.
“White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has been in a romantic relationship with Rob Porter, was involved in crafting the response to the allegations of domestic abuse leveled against Porter on Tuesday.”
This is not the first time Hicks has allegedly been put in an awkward situation over a lover.
When Hicks wanted to help former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump allegedly replied, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have.”
Trump’s comment sent Hicks running from the room.