White House in Crisis Over Memo, Resignations
It was a frantic Friday. President Donald Trump refused to declassify a Democratic rebuttal to Republicans’ memo impugning the FBI’s handling of the Russiagate investigation — the same day a second White House staffer resigned amid spousal abuse allegations and the Justice Department’s third-in-charge quit. Declassifying the second memo would compromise national security, Trump explained. He’s reportedly angry that Chief of Staff John Kelly, who’s denied reports he offered to resign, knew of abuse claims that accompanied staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation — three days before speechwriter David Sorensen similarly departed.