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    Reports: White House Knew About Porter Abuse Claims

    His vetting may not have been extreme. Until this week, few people knew of White House staff secretary Rob Porter or his role as gatekeeper for President Trump. Once he resigned Wednesday, denying two ex-wives’ allegations of domestic abuse, he was spotlighted, sparking fresh controversies. Those include reports that Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and Communications Director Hope Hicks, who is now dating Porter, knew for months about his baggage — including his failure to obtain a security clearance — throwing the West Wing into a fresh damage-control cycle.

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