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Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims

11 February 2018

President Trump said Friday afternoon he was surprised and saddened by allegations of domestic violence against a top aide who resigned this week.

"I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining - I know how much he's helped them, and even recently, " Trump said on NBC's "Meet The Press" in July 2016. He said strongly yesterday that he is innocent, but you will have to talk to him about that'.

White House speechwriter David Sorensen denied his wife's claims of abuse, but resigned - hours after President Donald Trump was criticized for wishing staff secretary Rob Porter a "wonderful career" after he too resigned amid similar accusations. It's obviously a very tough time for him.

That prompted a sharp rebuke from Democrats like Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who slammed the White House's "culture of misogyny".

"We certainly wish him well". "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", Shah said.

"Hope is absolutely fantastic", Trump said in a statement to The New York Times released through a spokesperson Friday.

However, Sorensen denied the allegations, saying that he was the "abuse victim in the relationship".

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"It's beyond disbelief", one former White House official told Vanity Fair. Is there no such thing as Due Process any longer?' Trump tweeted.

Conway also delivered what she said was a vote of confidence from Trump for chief of staff John Kelly, who has come under fire for his handling of the Porter matter.

"Sorensen alleged that Corbett punched him on multiple occasions", the Post reported.

Porter resigned abruptly this week when the allegations of spousal abuse were made public, initially by the Daily Mail.

"If he (Trump) draws scrutiny to himself, he's OK with that".

The White House was forced to quell rumors that Kelly was ready to resign.

Some senior White House officials were generally aware of the allegations before Trump found out a report surfaced on DailyMail.com, a source familiar with the matter said.

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Shah also conceded the crisis could have been better handled by senior White House officials. And now, all of a sudden, they're saying these frightful things about him, " Trump said.

In a separate development Saturday, Trump accused Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the FBI's Russian Federation inquiry was a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency". In all instances, they claimed the purported misconduct occurred years before he entered politics.

The president's rejection of the Democratic memo was in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. NPR has confirmed Sorensen's departure, which was first reported by the Washington Post.

The eldest Trump daughter, who serves as an adviser to the President, also issued a defense of her former employee. Trump named Derek Lyons acting staff secretary to replace Porter.

Two friends and associates of Corbett said she told them her husband was abusive.

"Of course, I was part of the background check and I was completely honest with what my experience of the marriage, including telling the police instances of abuse or police contact", said Willoughby.

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Second White House official resigns over domestic abuse claims