2nd White House aide resigns amid domestic abuse allegation

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A White House speechwriter, David Sorensen, is resigning amid domestic abuse allegations. 

Sorensen’s exit comes two days after another administration official, Staff Secretary Rob Porter, departed amid allegations by two ex-wives that he physically abused them.

“Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations,” said Raj Shah, principal deputy secretary. “We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today.”

Sorensen told  that he “didn’t want the White House to have to deal with this distraction.”

Sorensen’s ex-wife told the Post she reported his behavior to the FBI while they were conducting a background check.

Sorensen, a well-known GOP operative in Maine, worked as a senior adviser to Gov. Paul LePage, according to a May 2017 article in The Portland Press Herald.

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According to the White House, his position did not require a security clearance and his background check was ongoing.

According to report on Sorensen’s exit, a former wife claimed he had been viollent and emotionally abusive during their two and a half years of marriage. The paper said he had vehemently denied the allegations, saying he was the victim of domestic violence in the marriage.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has faced mounting questions about how much he knew about the allegations against Porter. Initially, Kelly defended Porter as a “man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him.”

By Wednesday night, Kelly said he was “shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter.” Deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Thursday the White House could have handled the allegations better.

Shah said Thursday that Kelly only became “fully aware” of the allegations against Porter on Wednesday, but Shah wouldn’t elaborate about what “fully aware” meant.

On Friday, President Trump said “we certainly wish [Porter] well.”

“As you probably know, he says he’s innocent,” Mr. Trump said. “And I think you have to remember that.”

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