Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter has now come forth to blame his ex-wife’s black eye on a fall while coming to his own defense against abuse allegations in an off-the-record meeting with four journalists this past week.
According to a Politico report that was published this Tuesday, Porter explained to The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman, The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, Axios’s Jonathan Swan and The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender that his ex-wife Colbie Holderness had tripped and fallen during a vacation in Florence and accidentally bruised her eye.
Porter stepped down from his White House post this Wednesday following reports that his two ex-wives had accused him of past emotional and physical violence. Holderness took it a step further and shared photos of herself with a black eye that she claimed Porter gave her.
Porter has so far denied the allegations, and told White House senior staff the same account of how Holderness’s got her black eye.
The White House has faced heavy backlash over its handling of the allegations against Porter. Reports were revealed this Tuesday that the White House arranged an off-the-record meeting between Porter and the four reporters after the accusations were revealed to the public.
A person familiar with the meeting informed Politico that Porter had told reporters his intention to resign, but that White House communications aides said that Chief of Staff John Kelly had demanded that he stay.
He also admitted to the accusation, that he had called his ex-wife a “f—ing bitch.”
The White House’s handling of the accusations against Porter has been the focal point of the controversy after it was reported that Kelly was aware of the accusations as early as last year and did not take action.
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