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John Kelly sends E-Mail to the WH staff over Rob Porter
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White house chief of staff John Kelly in a letter to his employees on Thursday in response to the now-public images of former staff Secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wife with a black eye.
Porter resigned earlier this week after accusations that he women emerged physically abused both his ex -.
“While we all end up the processing of the shocking and disturbing allegations against a former White House staffer, I want you to know that we all matters of domestic violence very seriously. Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society,” Kelly wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News.
Kelly came under fire after initially defending Porter.
“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidant and competent. I am proud to serve, and next to him,” his first statement read.
However, White House Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday that Kelly was “fully aware” of the full extent of the allegations against Porter the day before.
“I’m not going to get into the specifics, perhaps the most well-known pieces of information. … We all were aware of the reports of the news, said Wednesday morning and the graphic images,” Shah.
As soon as the pictures were taken, Kelly a second explanation for the conviction was domestic violence, but said that he stood by his “recent comments Rob Porter, I’ve learned to know, since he add chief of staff,” that everyone deserves the right to defend their reputation.”
Kelly ‘ s last letter also included resources for all who may be involved with domestic violence.
“We understand the shock, pain and confusion caused by these statements, in our workplace. It is important for me to tell you — you are not alone.”
Fox News’ Ed Henry and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.