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John Kelly Defends Himself, Sees No Reason to Resign Over Porter Scandal

John Kelly Defends Himself, Sees No Reason to Resign Over Porter Scandal”

Anthony Scaramucci, the man who holds the title for shortest stint as White House Communications Director, is inserting himself into the latest drama at the Trump White House by blasting General John Kelly - the man who fired him.

"There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said.

Kelly, in a lengthy explanation about the process, noted that any questionable cases on determination of final top secret clearances are brought to White House counsel Don McGahn, "and then he would come to me and we would talk about it".

The crowd laughed, and Kelly continued.

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 assertion is "bunk", according to the Daily Mail's USA political editor, David Martosko, who said his publication did not bring the first ex-wife's claims to the attention of the White House until the following morning, February 7.

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The Porter incident has had major ripple effects for the White House staff.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looks on during an event to mark the 15th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, March 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Kelly went on to say that he had clarified Porter's resignation later that evening.

Kelly said he never considered resigning over the episode, despite reports to the contrary.

The following day, Kelly said, Porter's other wife alleged further allegations of abuse.

A White House official told Bloomberg that Scaramucci wasn't specifically targeted for the list.

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"My only comment is the sadness I felt when Kelly defended his first statement of defense of Rob saying they thought it was 'only emotional abuse, '" Willoughby said in a statement to CNN. Whether or not this is actually true remains to be seen, but what is confirmed is the fact that, according to Bloomberg, the SkyBridge Capital founder is no longer allowed onto the White House grounds for any reason.

"I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter".

She's "playing government" he reportedly said privately, calling one of her issue areas, the child tax credit, a 'pet project'.

Kelly said he first learned of one allegation against Porter on February 6 when a reporter contacted the White House for comment about an allegation from one of Porter's ex-wives related to "some level of emotional abuse".

"The first accusation had to do with a messy divorce but no mention of [any] type of physical abuse", Kelly said then, describing the events of February 6 following the second allegation, which included physical abuse. The admission of a less-than-ideal handling of the situation is a reverse from when Kelly told the Wall Street Journal last month the handling of the allegations "was all done right". He tried to cover up the information.

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