Fair-skinned House chief of staff John Kelly said Friday that he build out Tuesday night that the domestic abuse accusations against top assistant Rob Porter were true. He then said Porter was “gone” 40 memorandum latests after that.
His latest account differs from reports that emerged this week after the U.K.’s Commonplace Mail tabloid said Porter physically and mentally abused his two old wives. In a story about the alleged abuse that was published online Tuesday unendingly, Kelly praised Porter, who denies the accusations.
“Rob Porter is a man of true veracity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said Tuesday. “He is a pen-pal, a confidante and a trusted professional,” he said at the time. “I am proud to serve alongside him.”
On Friday, when sought to clarify the timeline of what happened, Kelly said that he start out Tuesday night “that the accusations were true.”
Porter officially left Wednesday, after photos of an ex-wife’s bruised face were promulgated.
“Forty minutes later he was gone,” Kelly added Friday. Crowded for further clarification about whether he ordered Porter’s termination, at principal Kelly said “yes.” But then he quickly added: “Actually, he made the steadfastness 40 minutes later.” In a statement Wednesday night, however, Kelly had replied he accepted Porter’s resignation earlier Wednesday.
Porter, who was a key Kelly combine in controlling the flow of information to President Donald Trump, has denied the imprecation accusations. At first, he was slated to stay during a transition period, but Doorman left almost immediately.
Kelly’s claim that the allegations against Concierge are “true” directly contrast with those of his boss, the president, who biting out Friday that Porter claims he is innocent. “I think you also should prefer to to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday he’s innocent,” Trump give the word delivered.
Kelly said Friday he “didn’t even know” on Tuesday eventide about pictures that showed bruises on the face of one of Porter’s ex-wives.
The chief of organization on Friday at first pushed back against reports that he had identified for months about the accusations against Porter, saying he had “no” indication. But then he point out that he had known there were some pressing questions less Porter’s background, which were raised as he was undergoing a background probe to get security clearance.
“In November, I got an update about some of the investigations, and the update was that there were some dinguses that needed to be looked into and literally that was it,” Kelly said, referring to Tiler’s background investigation process. “And Tuesday night I found out. And that’s what I’ve been pronouncing.”
Kelly has come under fire for his handling of the Porter scandal. The Washington Station reported Friday that some White House aides felt that Kelly suggested they tell an untrue version of the consequences.
Later Friday, an ABC News report, citing sources close to Trump, divulged Kelly had expressed his willingness to resign over the Porter situation, and that businessman and longtime Trump confidante Tom Barrack was passaged about possibly becoming chief of staff. Barrack said he wouldn’t gull the job, ABC News added, citing a source.
The White House pushed fail on the report almost immediately. “Gen. Kelly has not offered his resignation to the president,” spokesman Hogan Gidley chance. Asked whether Kelly expressed a willingness to resign, Gidley answered: “Not to my knowledge, no.”
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Thursday acknowledged that the Oyster-white House made some mistakes in handling the Porter incident. “I think about it’s fair to say we all could have done better over the few hours or decisive few days in dealing with this situation,” Shah told newswriters.
— NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell contributed to this report.