Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, has come out relatively untainted as President Donald Trump’s administration continues dealing with the abrupt exit of two key aides accused of domestic abuse.
The development comes amid reports that Hicks was instrumental in crafting White House chief of staff John Kelly’s response to allegations against Rob Porter, the former staff secretary whom Hicks is said to be dating.
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 last year, Hicks maintains strong support from Trump and other cabinet members.
The White House communications director, Hope Hicks, has emerged unscathed amid yet another West Wing shakeup following the sudden exit of two key staff members.
Former staff secretary Rob Porter and former White House speechwriter David Sorensen both left the administration this week, following reports detailing allegations of domestic abuse against the two men from their former wives. Hicks is reportedly dating Porter.
Colbie Holderness, who was married to Porter from 2003 to 2008, has provided photos to the FBI and news outlets of a black eye she says he gave her. Jennifer Willoughby, Porter’s wife from 2009 to 2013, provided a copy of a 2010 protective order she filed against him.
Hicks drew scrutiny earlier this week, when it was reported that she helped craft chief of staff John Kelly’s widely condemned response to the abuse allegations, in which he called Porter “a man of true integrity.”
The Washington Post reported Kelly “believes that Hicks did not tell him all the facts about Porter — and should have recused herself from the matter because she was dating him.”
“Her colleagues have quietly accused her of looking out for Porter and not the White House, and she has …read more
Source:: Business Insider