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John Kelly’s Relationship With Rob Porter Puts White House Position in Jeopardy

This morning, we reported on a New York Times story about President Trump considering replacements for General John Kelly, the current White House Chief of Staff.

Kelly has become entrapped in the scandal revolving around Rob Porter, the former White House Staff Secretary who was pushed out of the West Wing this week after it became apparent that he abused two of his ex-wives.

The story coming out of the White House is that Kelly initially heard of Porter’s abusive past, but had seen no evidence of it, and didn’t consider it to be that extreme. After Porter’s two former wives went public with their stories, providing photographic evidence of the horrifying physical violence they suffered at the hands of their spouse, Kelly quickly changed his tune.

Now, we’re learning that Kelly’s initial statement might not have been entirely truthful. There are many holes in his story, and his credibility is draining right out of them, like tainted water through a colander.

Politico is reporting that Kelly knew Porter would be denied security clearance before the abuse allegations surfaced. This is leading many to speculate that he knew the severity of Porter’s actions, and failed to act on it.

White House chief of staff John Kelly was told several weeks ago that the FBI would deny full security clearances to multiple White House aides who had been working in the West Wing on interim security clearances.

Those aides, according to a senior administration official, included former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who left the White House on Thursday after reports that he physically and verbally abused his two ex-wives.

To make matters worse, Kelly has a history of defending abusers:

This is truly loathsome behavior. And it looks bad for Kelly – really bad.

Which leads to President Trump’s current dilemma: To keep Kelly, or to can Kelly. That is the question.

What do you think? Will President Trump fire John Kelly? Tell us your thoughts below!

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