Trump Asks For Due Process As Staffers Resign Amid Abuse Allegations

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Amid continuing fallout from the Rob Porter scandal, Donald Trump has come to the defense of longtime confidante and White House communications director Hope Hicks, despite reports that the President was growing frustrated with her role in the situation.

He's the White House staff secretary who resigned after allegations emerged that he abused two ex-wives.

A spokeswoman for Le Page told the Post in a statement that the governor and his staff were unaware of any accusations against Sorensen, and the governor "has a zero-tolerance policy regarding domestic abuse". No lawsuits have been filed against the more than a dozen women who say Trump harassed or assaulted them.

Speechwriter David Sorensen resigned after Jessica Corbett alleged she was the victim of domestic violence during their two-and-a-half-year marriage.

Trump and "many" White House staffers were irritated by Kelly's support for Porter's character and for falsely insisting he that he aggressively sought to have him fired once the abuse allegations surfaced, according to The New York Times.

"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that", Trump added. The president's response was a stark contrast to the sentiments expressed by Chief of Staff John Kelly, who sent a memo to White House staff condemning domestic violence.

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House".

While Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn have been roped into the controversy after reports surfaced that both men were aware of the allegations since past year, Hicks maintains strong support from Trump and other cabinet members.

Sorensen's resignation came as the Post was reporting a story on Corbett's claims, which included that he ran a auto over her foot, rubbed a burning cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall.

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Trump also stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence.

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday.

Trump has said nearly nothing previously about the "me too" movement, which has led to a reexamination of power dynamics and expectations for men and women in the workplace.

"Now Trump is defending him and singing his praises without any mention of the women Porter allegedly abused, " she said.

While Sorensen's post as a Council on Environmental Quality speechwriter did not require security clearance, Corbett said she had described his behavior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it conducted an ongoing background check of Sorensen in the fall.

The president's rejection of the Democratic memo was in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. Trump's staff secretary called the allegations from his former spouses "outrageous" and "simply false". "And in this case, those didn't work and we need to find out why", he told Fox News. White House counsel Don McGahn said in a letter to the committee that the memo contains "numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" and asked the panel to revise it with the help of the Justice Department.

Sorensen is the second White House aide to resign this week amid domestic abuse allegations. He told the Post that Corbett was abusive toward him.

This comes after the former Celebrity Apprentice star addressed White House aid Rob Porter's departure.

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