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Kelly told journalists that he had his "eyes opened" after joining the White House in July previous year, after he noticed the manner in which people were treating documents and the number of staff who had access to secrets. The accusation was late in the afternoon, and it was simply one of his two former wives", Kelly said Friday, adding, "There was no story out yet. The announcement temporarily halted conversations about gun reforms, which have been a focus in the White House since the Parkland shooting. The story was that a wife had claimed that she had had some level of emotional abuse. "I am proud to serve alongside him".

Kelly stood by his statement even after all of the abuse allegations, including photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye, were published by multiple media outlets. Kelly also admitted that his initial concerns sparked a further crackdown, when he noticed that around 35 to 40 White House staffers had top secret clearance and did not need it. Mr. Trump, Garrett reports, believes he gave Kelly a lot of power when he arrived, and thinks Kelly should remember and appreciate that - not suggest he was cursed.

"We didn't cover ourselves in glory in how we handled that", Kelly said. This time, Kelly agreed with a chronology provided by Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who said information about Porter had been delivered to the White House security office almost a year ago. "He said it's absolutely untrue".

Mr. Kelly declined to discuss questions that have arisen about security clearances since Mr. Over a few hours that day, Mr. Kelly said, he had issued a statement in strong support of Mr.

"The next day, probably around 10 or 11 o'clock, somebody said Rob's still in the building", Kelly said.

Trump moved Kelly from DHS to the White House back in July 2017 to replace exiting chief of staff Reince Priebus. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said over 24 hours after the first allegation.

A White House official who requested anonymity to respond to the accusations said Kelly wouldn't interfere with a national security review because of a personal dispute, adding that transactions are judged against established standards. Kelly and Sanders claim that office had yet to deliver to senior Trump officials its final ruling when the allegations surfaced on February 6.

Bloomberg reports the official also said anyone who leaves under similar circumstances as Scaramucci would have restricted access.

The Porter saga sent the White House into a tailspin from which it is still struggling to recover.

Anthony Scaramucci, the infamously short-lived White House communications director who preceded Hope Hicks in the volatile position, still views himself as a friend and close confidant of the president.