Trump Asks For Due Process As Staffers Resign Amid Abuse Allegations
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 0:43
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short made similar arguments on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, after host Chuck Todd showed a highlights reel of Trump suggesting numerous allegations of sexual abuse and physical assault by powerful men against women were false.
"And hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him", he added.
"I have no reason not to believe the women", Conway added.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the letter.
They came amid swirling questions about how White House chief of staff John Kelly had handled the matter and whether he could maintain his job despite Trump's growing frustration.
Spokesman Raj Shah said David Sorenson, a speechwriter for the Council on Environmental Quality, resigned Friday.
The Washington Post first reported the allegations against Sorensen and his resignation.
Trump continued to side with Porter in a tweet Saturday morning.
Victims push for accountability after latest Nassar sentence
USA Gymnastics officials first reported the sexual assault allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2015. Nassar told the court: "It's impossible to convey the breadth and depth of how sorry I am to each and everyone".
On Friday evening, the White House sent a letter to the committee saying the president was "unable" to declassify the Democrats' memo because it first must be revised to address Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice officials' objections about its "classified" and "sensitive" information.
"Forty minutes later he was gone", Kelly said.
The FBI typically takes such charges, and its impact on a security clearance, to the White House counsel's office, whose job is to determine if those charges are disqualifying. "His pathetic defence of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility". "And literally that was it".
The two strong-willed men have clashed and Trump has begun floating possible names for a future chief of staff in conversations with outside advisers, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations.
Sorensen denies the allegations and claims that Corbett was the one who "victimized him", per WaPo, saying he had "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life". Hicks has become one of Trump's closest confidants, and while the president has groused about her involvement in the Porter flareup, he had not suggested ousting her, according to the two people familiar with his private discussions.
Those would-be candidates include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.
Though Trump frequently vents about senior aides, he is often loath to fire staffers.
Porter denies the allegations and in a statement released Wednesday described it as part of a "smear campaign".
"It's extraordinary that a president would essentially back a disgraced aide who even his chief of staff admits is guilty of spousal abuse", Sabato said.
Abuse advocacy groups responded to Trump's support of Porter with dismay.