Rob Porter's abuse scandal is roiling the White House to its core, and the knives are coming out for John Kelly

Business Insider | 2/9/2018 | Allan Smith
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The Rob Porter scandal has shaken the White House.

It appears as if knives are out for chief of staff John Kelly.

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Many questions remain about who knew what and when about Porter, alleged of physically and mentally abusing both of his ex-wives.

The White House admitted it could've handled its response to the episode better.

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The latest White House scandal snowballed into an avalanche, roiling some of the highest-ranking and most prominent West Wing staffers in the process.

The White House initially stood by former staff secretary Rob Porter after he was alleged of physical and mental abuse by both of his ex-wives, one of whom provided photos of a black eye she claimed he gave her. Publicly, the administration even offered rare contrition for how it handled the situation.

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"I think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few hours — or last few days — in dealing with this situation," said Raj Shah, the White House deputy press secretary.

But questions abounded as to who knew what — and when — as the White House fumbled its response.

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The focus now lies on Porter's inability to obtain a full security clearance and when White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top officials were first made aware of the allegations. Additionally, Porter's exit means one of the most powerful members of the West Wing inner-circle — labeled "indispensable" by one Republican strategist — who was tasked with a broad range of critical responsibilities, will need to be replaced.

Kelly's enemies now want 'to get rid of him'

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Porter and Kelly clearly saw eye-to-eye on how to run the White House. But knives starting to come out for Kelly, there's a chance this growing scandal could knock out both the forces many credit with bringing a sense of stability to...
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