White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned from his position on Wednesday following allegations that he choked and punched his first ex-wife while they were married.
Porter's first wife, 37-year-old Colbie Holderness, claims that Porter was so abusive towards her during their five-year marriage that she had to take "an extended leave of absence from grad school."
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Holderness shared photos of herself with a black eye.
“He was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive, and that is why I left,” Holderness said.
The shocking report follows another report from The Mail on Tuesday in which Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, described a similar pattern of behavior that happened during their marriage.
The Mail reports:
Colbie's revelations follow DailyMail.com's exclusive interview on Tuesday evening with Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, who told how Porter, 40, once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h' on their honeymoon.
Several months into the marriage, Willoughby filed a protective order with a court in Alexandria, Virginia, after Porter violated their temporary separation agreement.
A police complaint, filed on June 19, 2010, states that Porter punched the glass on the door to their home, cutting his hand in the process at which point she called the police. He then left and following that she filed a temporary protective order.
A copy of the temporary emergency protective order obtained by The Washington Post concludes that “reasonable grounds exist to believe that [Porter] has committed family abuse and there is probable danger of a further such offense.”
Porter's previous boss, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), initially came out in support of Porter, but before The Daily Mail published photos of the alleged abuse. Following the latest allegations, Hatch released a statement:
I am heartbroken by today’s allegations. In every interaction I’ve had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful. My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor. I do not know the details of Rob’s personal life. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent. I am praying for Rob and those involved.
Holderness and Willoughby confirmed to the Mail that the FBI interviewed them about their marriages with Porter as part of his White House background check. Porter's position required a security clearance which the Mail reports he did not receive. It is unclear why the FBI did nothing in response to allegations or how long the bureau has known about them; Porter has been with the Trump administration since the beginning.
House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during Wednesday's press briefing that Porter's last day in his role has not yet been set and that Porter denies the allegations.