White House chief of staff John Kelly offered on Friday his own timeline of the resignation of former Trump administration staffer Rob Porter, detailing for reporters when he became aware of allegations of domestic abuse against Porter and the White House’s handling of his resignation.
Kelly told the White House press pool on Friday that he only became aware of the accusations against Porter on Feb. 6, the day before the then-White House staff secretary’s resignation became public. He blamed the dueling statements issued by the administration, one that spoke warmly of Porter and another that featured more critical language, on the cascading nature of the reports regarding the former staff secretary.
Kelly said he never considered stepping down over the incident.
“I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over," he said.
Kelly also confirmed the account of FBI Director Chris Wray, that the bureau had submitted information about Porter months before the allegations against him were reported by the press.