Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, announced Wednesday that he would resign after he was accused of abusing two of his ex-wives.
The decision came one day after the ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, told the Daily Mail they experienced physical and emotional abuse during their marriages to Porter.
The tabloid published a 2010 protective order obtained by his second wife and photos later surfaced online of his first wife’s bruised and battered face that she said resulted from Porter punching her.
“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign,” Porter said in a statement announcing his departure.
“My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.”