Rob Porter, former chief of staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch, resigns from White House job after allegations he assaulted his ex wife

Rob Porter, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has resigned following a report that he physically assaulted two ex-wives.

The Intercept reports that Porter’s first ex-wife told the FBI he physically abused her for years, and shared pictures of her with bruises allegedly caused by Porter with law enforcement and the online publication.


The Daily Mail reported Wednesday that Porter “dragged” his second wife out of a shower after an argument on their honeymoon and punched her.

From the Daily Mail:

Willoughby, 39, told she was ‘walking on eggshells’ during their marriage due to his explosive anger.


Porter’s first wife Colbie Holderness confirmed to ‘He was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive and that is why I left.’


Last week, revealed that Porter has been dating White House Director of Communications Hope Hicks. 


When reached for comment, Porter told ‘I will not comment about these matters, beyond stating that many of these allegations are slanderous and simply false.’ 

CBS News confirmed that the FBI passed information about Porter’s alleged abuse to the White House during a background check before he became White House Staff Secretary.

Porter was chief of staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch from 2014 until he was tapped to join the Trump administration.

Hatch has been all over the map with his reaction to the allegations against his former chief of staff. Initially he called the charges a “vile attack on a decent man.” Less than 24 hours later, Hatch said he was “heartbroken by the allegations.” Then, on Wednesday evening, he told a reporter from NBC News that Porter should fight the allegations and not step down.

Porter has recently been linked romantically to White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.