Politics Sanders defends herself from criticism from Porter ex-wife

23:45  13 february  2018
23:45  13 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Biden on Trump aide Rob Porter: 'It's long past due that he left'

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended herself on Tuesday from criticism from one of the ex-wives of Rob Porter who's accused the former White House staffer of abuse.

Colbie Holderness, one of the women claiming domestic violence at Porter's hands, faulted Sanders for not addressing whether President Trump believes the accusations in an opinion piece published Tuesday.

"While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better," Holderness wrote in The Washington Post.

When asked if she has any regrets about how she's addressed the situation, Sanders argued that the White House is doing its best to prevent domestic violence and cautioned against Holderness assuming how she is responding in private to the accusations.

Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse

  Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse Jennifer Willoughby, the second ex-wife of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, told NBC News Thursday that she informed the FBI during his background interview for a top-level security clearance that he was abusive toward her."During the FBI background interview for security clearance, I shared with the FBI all of the details that I shared in previous articles, including access to a protective order from June of 2010, and police calls that I had made to our home," she told NBC News' Kristen Welker.

"We do the very best job we have every single day. I would never presume to understand anything going on with that individual, nor would I think that she could presume whats going on with me or the way I'm responding," Sanders said.

She went on to state that the White House has "condemned domestic violence in every way possible," adding the the president's budget funds the Violence Against Women Act.

"We are looking for ways we can take action to help prevent this from ever happening to anyone. To presume I feel differently is simply a very strong mischaracterization of who I am and what this White House is," she added.

Porter resigned from his position as White House staff secretary last week after news reports on the alleged domestic violence emerged. The administration has presented conflicting reports about when senior staffers learned the details of the claims against Porter.

Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will'

  Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will' One of the ex-wives of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said that if he hasn't been abusive during his relationship with communications director Hope Hicks, he soon would be.Jennie Willoughby, who was married to Porter for four years until 2013, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she was worried for Hicks.

At the same news conference, Sanders again refused to answer whether Trump believes Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, another ex-wife of Porter's accusing him of assault.

"The president takes all of these accusations very seriously. He believes in due process; above everything else he supports the victims of any type of violence and certainly would condemn any violence against anyone," Sanders said when asked.

In interviews with CNN on Tuesday, Holderness and Willoughby said the White House has yet to reach out to them.

"I think how it makes me feel is not as important as the message it sends to others," Holderness said. "Reaching out to Jennie and me would, in some small way, provide support for their assertion that that they take domestic violence seriously."

FBI had photos showing Porter’s alleged abuse in early 2017: report .
<p>The FBI had photos showing former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's alleged domestic abuse toward his ex-wife in early 2017, CNN reports, raising questions about what information senior aides such as counsel Don McGahn had access to regarding Porter.</p>The bureau obtained the photos of Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness with a black eye just seven days after President Trump's inauguration, according to CNN. Holderness provided the photos as part of Porter's background check to obtain a security clearance.

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