White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is being accused by some of his fellow White House officials of asking them to give an account about the Rob Porter scandal that they says is not accurate.
Two senior White House officials tell the Washington Post that Kelly told members present at a staff meeting Friday to tell reporters that “he took action to remove Porter within 40 minutes of learning that abuse allegations from two ex-wives were credible.”
One official tells the Post that many people at the meeting could not believe he was telling them to put out what they believed was a false story about his actions after the Porter scandal first broke.
“That version of events contradicts both the public record and accounts from numerous other White House officials in recent days as the Porter drama unfolded,” The Post notes. “Kelly — who first learned of the domestic violence allegations against Porter months ago — issued a glowing statement of support for Porter’s personal character after the allegations first surfaced publicly Tuesday and privately urged him to remain on the job until the next day when his resignation was announced.”
Kelly has been taking a lot of heat for his handling of the Porter scandal, which reportedly even has President Donald Trump contemplating possible replacements for him as chief of staff.