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Politics John Kelly: I have 'nothing to even consider resigning over'

22:15  02 march  2018
22:15  02 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted to reporters Friday there's nothing to make him think about resigning , amid recent questions over his handling of the Rob Porter domestic abuse allegations. “ I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over ,” Kelly said during an

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands away from the table behind media in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during a meeting with President Donald Trump and members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster): White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 28. © The Associated Press White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Feb. 28.

WASHINGTON — Defending himself weeks after the fact, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday insisted he had done "nothing to even consider resigning over" in his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former top aide by the staffer's two ex-wives.

Kelly did allow that the White House team did not "cover ourselves in glory" in its response to allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter resigned last month over reports that he had abused two ex-wives. The episode at one point seemed to put Kelly's job in jeopardy and raised questions about who at the White House had access to top-secret information.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters Friday that he never considered resigning over the White House’s handling of former aide Rob Porter’s resignation after allegations of abuse surfaced early last month. “ I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over ,” he said Friday

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Weeks later, with the Porter matter largely in the rearview mirror, Kelly still was clearly intent on clarifying his role in how the matter was handled.

Offering his own version of events, Kelly told reporters he first learned of the allegations against Porter on Feb. 6, after inquiries from journalists. Kelly said those first queries focused on an allegation of "emotional abuse" from one woman. He said he then spoke to Porter, who resigned. Hours later, Kelly said, he learned there was also an accusation of physical abuse. At that point, Kelly said, he made sure that Porter was out.

Originally, the White House put out statements defending Porter, including one from Kelly. Kelly said he provided a statement of support for Porter after he heard only the first accusation. "At that point in time, I thought the statement was accurate as it represented my relationship," Kelly said.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted to reporters Friday there’s nothing to make him think about resigning , amid recent questions over his handling of the Rob Porter domestic abuse allegations. “ I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending himself weeks after the fact, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Friday insisted he had done “ nothing to even consider resigning over ” in his handling of domestic abuse allegations against a former top aide by the staffer’s two ex-wives. Kelly did allow that the

The White House did not announce Porter was leaving until a press briefing the following afternoon.

"We didn't cover ourselves in glory in terms of how we handled that," Kelly said. "It was confusing."

Kelly described himself as shocked by the alleged abuse, saying he had viewed Porter as the "ultimate gentleman."

Questions persist about the timeline. According to two White House officials, Kelly was made aware by White House counsel Don McGahn last fall of at least the broad outlines of the issues with delays in approving Porter for permanent security clearance.

Kelly came under fire for his handling of the situation, during which the White House offered conflicting explanations. Initially, many top aides rallied around Porter and Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who was dating Porter and helped draft the original statements defending him. Hicks announced Wednesday that she will be leaving the administration.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted to reporters Friday there’s nothing to make him think about resigning , amid recent questions over his handling of the Rob Porter domestic abuse allegations. “ I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over

Kelly Defiant: ‘ I Have Absolutely Nothing to Even Consider Resigning Over ’. Martin Brodel.

Porter had failed to get a permanent security clearance and the episode raised concerns about his access to classified information and about how long senior staffers had known about the allegations.

Kelly said he had started looking into who had clearances and any delays in granting permanent clearances last fall. But he said he was not made aware of any specific allegations against Porter.

In the wake of the scandal over Porter, Kelly ordered that White House officials with interim clearances pending since before June 1, 2017, be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances by last Friday.

That move resulted in the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, being stripped of his high-level security clearance amid revelations about potential conflicts of interest.

Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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