It the wake of domestic abuse allegations against White House aide Rob Porter, and his subsequent resignation, Communications Director Hope Hicks stands at the center of the scandal that has left the White House in a desperate attempt to quash any appearance of its complicity.
Hicks, who helped draft the White House Statement that defended the embattled Porter, reportedly did not run the content by Trump before it was delivered by Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to the Washington Post.
“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said. “He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”
As it turned out, however, Kelly was actually privy to the assault, as it was brought to light during Porter’s FBI background check. Kelly’s biggest mistake was keeping Porter on as part of the White House staff, despite knowledge of Porter’s past.
When it became obvious that Porter and Hicks had formed a relationship, Trump’s contention that she had let her emotions cloud her judgment had her fearing the worst for her position; but Trump is instead, reportedly exploring options for a new Chief of Staff, leaving Kelly’s post in limbo.
The most important questions with regards to Hicks’ involvement in the whole scandal is whether she was aware of the allegations, all along. If she only learned after the fact, as the majority of Americans did, then why would John Kelly not have warned her about Porter’s past before she formed a serious relationship with the former White House aide.
The Post reports that Hope Hicks was aware of Porter’s past indiscretions and domestic abuse, which moved Kelly to walk back on his remarks, realizing that the White House is now complicit, and Hicks’ draft had been exposed for what it was: a lie. Kelly said:
“There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.”
Hicks has remained silent on the matter, and hasn’t released a single statement in retraction of her earlier remarks. Essentially, Hicks is still defending Porter; and many people around her are concerned that she too, could suffer abuse at the hands of Porter.
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