Rob Porter, a senior White House official, has announced his resignation after allegations that he allegedly physically and mentally abused his two ex-wives. The White House voiced its support of Porter before he abruptly resigned Wednesday. Porter has publicly denounced these allegations, but his last ex-wives tell a different story.
Porter’s ex-wife Colbie Holderness, who also worked in the government as a senior analyst, gave detailed accounts of abuse and turmoil to the Daily Mail. She claimed her five-year marriage with Porter was filled with abuse that forced her to take an extended leave of absence from grad school.
In 2000, while on a vacation to Florence, Italy, Holderness claims she was punched in the face by Porter and provided photographic evidence showing a black eye. “He was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and that is why I left,” she stated.
Porter’s alleged abuse didn’t end with his first marriage, according to the Washington Post. Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, claimed she faced physical abuse on their honeymoon when he allegedly grabbed her out of the shower soaking wet and then verbally abused her with a barrage of profanity, calling her a “f****** b****.”
The White House and Porter stood in unity when broached on the topic of his abuse allegations.
“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described,’ Porter said in a statement Wednesday,” Porter said.”I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed a similar tune when asked to speak on the topic Tuesday evening. “I can tell you that Rob has been effective in his role as staff secretary. The president and chief of staff have full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance.”
It’s currently unclear if Porter’s resignation will be permanent or temporary. Porter served as staff secretary to President Trump. He handled the president’s daily schedule and frequently traveled with Trump.