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White house defends handling of Rob Porter’s allegations, in the midst of criticism

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Source: White House aide-exit moved to withdraw due to domestic violence allegations.

The White house on Thursday defended his handling of the domestic violence allegations against the now-departing employees-Secretary, Rob Porter, in the midst of questions about who knew what and when.

Chief of Staff John Kelly in particular has come under control, for the first defense of Porter. White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday that Kelly was “aware” on Wednesday of the accusations that Porter had abused his two ex-wives.

“Chief of Staff, John Kelly was said to be aware of the allegations yesterday,” Shah. “I’m not going to get into the specifics, may have known information… We will report all aware of the news on Wednesday morning, and the graphics.”

Shah suggested Kelly had not seen the now-public images of one of Porter’s ex-wives with an apparent black eye until this week.

After these images were published, Porter announced his retirement on Wednesday. Kelly also said on Wednesday that he was “shocked” by the allegations against the senior trump aide.

“There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of Rob Porter, I’ve learned to know, since he was chief of staff and believe that every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation,” Kelly said in a statement. “I accepted his resignation earlier today, and ensure a speedy and orderly transition.”

Porter has vehemently denied the accusations against him. A source told Fox News that Porter would be probably from the White house on Thursday to stay even though he expected initially, staff for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition.

Shah pointed out that the acting White house staff Secretary, would be presented at a later date.

Shah defended Kelly and the other staff in the White house, meanwhile, say there were “a number of statements by the press Secretary and chief of staff, Rob Porter, we have come to know, work here for over a year, and the chief of staff for the last six months.”

“But the charges against Porter are seriously and deeply concerned,” Shah said. “Porter has repeatedly denied allegations, and the public. The changes but nothing as serious and disturbing of these allegations are.”

Shah also noted that the President was going to trump “sad” of the matter.

Shah told reporters on Thursday that Porter went through a common “background investigation,” that all sorts of US government officials go through.

“It takes time, because we want to make it right. It is expensive, but it’s worth it,” Shah said, and declared that Porter was the investigation an “ongoing” during his tenure in the White house, noting that they “do not short-circuit an investigation, because the allegations are made.”

“His background investigation was underway, and he was told of the operation on an interim security clearance,” Shah.

DailyMail.com first of all, you published a photo of an ex-wife in a battered face. Colbie Holderness said, the outlet, the Porter choked and hit her during their marriage.

Shah called the images “shocking.”

Holderness told Fox News on Thursday that she got the black eye during a hotel fight room, if you and Porter were on vacation in Florence, Italy. Further, Holderness said she told her story to the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017, when she was interviewed as part of the Porter’s security clearance investigation. They also gave the photos to the FBI.

Holderness, Porter described as a “bad mood” and as an “evil person.”

His two ex-wives detailed physical and verbal abuse in front of the press reported.

Fox News’ Serafin Gomez and John Roberts contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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