Holderness, Porter's first wife, described their relationship as "verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive" in an interview with The Daily Mail. She filed a protective order against him.
DailyMail.com quoted Colbie Holderness as saying that Porter choked and punched her during their marriage. In the blog post, she referenced the abuse that Holderness had suffered before her, whom she reached out to around the time of writing.
Porter served as Hatch's chief of staff before going to work for President Donald Trump. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Porter "has been effective" and retained "the full confidence" of the president.
He added, "Before we begin today's report, I just wanted to once again note a further erosion of standards for what I thought we had all agreed was not ok, not acceptable, not moral, white supremacist rallies, child molesters, domestic abusers". He traveled instead of Kelly to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.
"When he heard me on the phone with the police", Willoughby wrote in the complaint, "he apologized and begged me not to involve them". Kelly imposed a strict system of information flow to the President, elevating the importance of Porter's task in managing the documents, news clippings and briefing books that entered the Oval Office.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said he was "shocked" by the sweeping allegations of domestic and emotional abuse leveled against top staffer Rob Porter. She said Porter was not pressured to resign. A simple "I'm troubled, but he's innocent until proven guilty" would have sufficed but instead Kelly opted for "Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him". Porter previously worked for Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) before joining the administration at the start of Trump's tenure. Why would Hatch trust the White House to apprise him of all the reasons it needed a defense of its staff secretary? "I am praying for Rob and those involved". If a White House would have changed their story, or been reluctant to fire the man who committed acts of domestic violence the howls of scorn would have been volcanic, but in the Trump White House a man who commits crimes against women is a typical Wednesday.
Porter, who joined the administration at its start in January 2017, said in his statement: "My commitment to public service speaks for itself".