Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, resigned on Wednesday after physical abuse allegations arose from interviews with his two former wives. His first wife showed photos to a news outlet of a black eye and swollen cheekbone that she alleged Porter inflicted upon her. His second wife divorced him in 2013, but before that time, she filed a protective order against him in 2010. Although initially the White House defended the staff secretary, the domestic violence allegations delayed his ability to gain a permanent security clearance, which most aides in lateral positions must have. Porter denied the allegations, and claimed the photos presented were misleading.
Even when a spouse leaves an abusive mate, the violence may continue. Porter’s second wife revealed in an interview that she filed a protective order against him after he violated their separation agreement by entering her apartment without her knowledge and refusing to leave. Within minutes of his departure, he returned and broke a window attempting to enter the building another time.
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