Former Trump aide Scaramucci tears into chief of staff Kelly

Former Trump aide Scaramucci tears into chief of staff Kelly

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders continued to defend Porter into the following day and initially said Porter did not resign until February 7, something Kelly called a "mixup".

"The accusation was late in the afternoon, and it was simply one of his two former wives had - this was coming from the press - one of you had asked Sarah". At that point, there had been no resignation announcement from the White House. "The story was that a wife had claimed that she had had some level of emotional abuse", the retired Marine general said.

"I put out a statement of support for him, and an hour later find out now there's a second report still not in the press, still no pictures".

However, on Friday, Kelly said that he had ensured Porter's resignation before the photo was released.

Kelly was pressed further on the timeline. Mr. Trump, Garrett reports, believes he gave Kelly a lot of power when he arrived, and thinks Kelly should remember and appreciate that - not suggest he was cursed.

Ultimately Kelly lamented the handling of the situation saying, "We didn't cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that on Wednesday morning" but defiantly added, "I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over".

He contended the White House's Personnel Security Office received an Federal Bureau of Investigation determination last March that, because of the domestic abuse allegations, Porter had been disqualified from getting a clearance.




The former aide had failed to get a permanent security clearance, and the episode raised concerns about his access to classified information and about how long senior staffers had known about the allegations against him.

Kelly was speaking at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, which he led for six months before replacing former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Porter would remain on staff for a time before leaving.

"There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said in a statement.

The Daily Mail also asked about an incident in which Willoughby filed a protective order against Porter after he appeared to have punched a glass panel on her front door.

Kelly said he had " my eyes opened" when he found out, saying it was "more people than I was comfortable with". The FBI's investigation was administratively closed in January, although, as Sanders noted in February, the White House security office "had not made a final recommendation for adjudication to the White House because the process was still ongoing when Rob Porter resigned".

Kelly was also central to the drama over Kushner's security clearance, which was downgraded from "top secret" to "secret" since the president's son-in-law had never passed the FBI's background check.

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