Ex-wife says Rob Porter asked her to 'downplay' posts describing abuse

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Cummings recently revealed that the Department of Defense approved 165 interim security clearances over a three-year period, giving access to the government's sensitive and secret information to people who later failed background checks.

Willoughby was also "worried" about Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and Porter's current partner.

President Trump was not aware of Porter's security clearance status, Shah said, and didn't find out about the allegations against Porter until Tuesday evening.

Shah, 32, made his debut address on Thursday following the resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter over domestic abuse allegations. The two men had lunch at the White House in recent weeks, before the Porter scandal erupted. He was bombarded by questions on the White House advisor's sudden exit, the United States media reported.

Routinely, Trump has accepted claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations, including Fox News head Roger Ailes, anchor Bill O'Reilly and former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of molesting teenage girls.

The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey and Beth Reinhard report that White House counsel Donald McGahn knew for a year about allegations Porter's ex-wives made against him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that Kelly learned about them this fall, as they were holding up Porter's full security clearance.

For there to be "multiple White House aides" who won't clear the bar sounds alarming.

When asked what he had asked her to say, Willoughby responded: 'I don't remember the exact wording, but it was something along the lines of the post does not accurately depict my marriage.

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In her CNN interview, Willoughby explained that she had stood by her piece since it was published previous year, including in the days leading up to the scandal.

Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told CNN that on the honeymoon after their 2009 wedding, "He started calling me names, calling me a "f***ing bitch, ' how I behaved was 'f***ing ridiculous" and most of that was instigated around my not having sex with him often enough on our honeymoon". "The truth must be determined", Shah said. Beginning after Kelly assumed his chief of staff role over the summer, he directed that all documents that Trump would see should be vetted by both him and Porter. She told Cooper that Kelly may well have believed Porter's downplayed version of events-an indication of Porter's manipulative tendencies, and Kelly's remarkable reluctance to investigate whether one of his close confidantes was actually an abuser of women. He said, "what are you going to tell them?"

The chief of staff added that the decision was made before photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were published.

Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Willoughby said she "had been in contact with Rob a lot in the last two weeks as he gave me some warning that stories might break". Sources tell ABC News that senior White House officials were aware of the allegations against Porter while he worked in the Oval Office. More than 15 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

Willoughby took out a temporary protective order in 2010, which according to the Post said that "reasonable grounds exist to believe that [Porter] has committed family abuse and there is probable danger of a further such offense".

Holderness provided photos of her injuries to media. She also said his departure from the White House was not imminent.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss personnel matters publicly, said Friday that Kelly had not offered to resign.