White House Aide Resigns After Allegations Of Spousal Abuse

The White House staff secretary is resigning after 2 ex-wives accused him of physical abuse

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, walk to the White House as they arrive on the South Lawn, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Washington. They are returning with President Donald Trump, who is returning from a vacation to Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A top White House aide is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

Staff secretary Rob Porter says in a statement the allegations are “outrageous” and “simply false.” He says photos published were taken nearly 15 years ago and the “reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.” Porter adds that he has been transparent and truthful, but will leave the White House after a transition period.

Porter’s former spouses recounted physical, verbal and emotional abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.

Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the that Porter choked and punched her during their five-year marriage.

His second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also described for the how Porter lobbed expletives at her on their honeymoon.

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