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Sunday, February 11, 2018

White House chief of staff John Kelly has instructed senior staff to say that he took "immediate and direct action" after learning that the allegations of domestic abuse against staff secretary Rob Porter were credible, according to The Washington Post. Kelly reportedly told the senior staff to relay what he said on Friday to subordinate staff and that he cares about combatting domestic violence. Aides told the Post they are concerned that Kelly's account is untrue, as it appears to contradict past statement on the matter from White House officials.




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Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Porter in the Daily Mail story. Kelly called him "a man of true integrity and honor."

But after that story was published, The Intercept published its own story on Porter in which a second ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, also alleged abuse. The story featured a picture of Holderness with a bruised eye that she said she suffered when Porter hit her in 2005.


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I want you to tell everyone I invented -------.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-10 08:51 AM | Reply


I invented them.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 09:20 AM | Reply

From the article..."according to The Washington Post.".

Good find.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-10 09:41 AM | Reply

How is "-------" a banned word under the moderation policy?

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-10 01:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's a combination of POS and ----. :-)

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-02-10 01:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

It's a combination of POS and ----. :-)
#5 | Posted by REDIAL

Or IOW a Palin

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-10 01:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"From the article..."according to The Washington Post.".
Good find."

Wow, you've really disputed the article. Kelly telling staff to lie for him, if there are any honorable members of that staff there will be resignations.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-10 01:27 PM | Reply

Trump has brought Kelly over to the dark side.
Is this all we can expect from a general?
Pathetic and shameful.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-10 02:02 PM | Reply


"Trump has brought Kelly over to the dark side."

Isn't that where they all end up eventually?

Although I am surprised at Kelly. He broke like a toothpick. Being a Marine and all, I thought he was made of sterner stuff.

Good thing he was never a prisoner of war.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-11 01:59 PM | Reply

He didn't "break", he has always been like that. He made similar comments regarding cases under his command when he was on active duty. Trump has surrounded himself with men who have the same views of women as he does.

#10 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-11 02:32 PM | Reply



Even before the Porter scandal, Kelly was involved in several incidents that suggested the limits of his professed belief in the sacredness of women. He defended a Marine colonel who sexually harassed female subordinates, according to a new report in the New York Times. He suggested allowing women in combat would result in pressure to "lower standards." He told a false story about a female member of Congress that was meant to suggest she was a grandstanding empty suit. He also, of course, willingly went to work for a president accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault.

The New York Times's Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman reported Thursday that Kelly also served as a character witness in a 2016 court-martial for a Marine colonel and former commander of the Marines' Wounded Warrior regiment.

Col. Todd Shane Tomko admitted to sending explicit messages to a female subordinate. (A charging document also indicated that Tomko forcibly kissed a female Marine corporal in October 2014.)

Kelly was among four active-duty and retired officers who testified on Tomko's behalf at his 2016 court-martial. According to Military.com:

Kelly, who testified via telephone from Boston, where he was set to speak at a Memorial Day service, said he had known Tomko for a decade and, while he never worked closely with him, had always observed his character to be upstanding.

"Socially, he's a great Marine," Kelly said, adding that he had a reputation as a "gunfighter" and upstanding leader.

Tomko was later charged, in 2017, with taking indecent liberties with a child.


#11 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-11 02:37 PM | Reply

If Kelly is forced out, rest assured, he will not be replaced by someone who is more honest or has a better moral compass.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 03:34 PM | Reply

Military people should not be in charge of civilians. They are trained to do one thing only.

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-11 07:09 PM | Reply

From the get-go Trump hasn't really valued girls and women:

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.


White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump

The administration is evaluating whether to keep the office, created under President Barack Obama to focus on gender equality.

When President George W. Bush took office, he quickly and quietly disbanded President Bill Clinton's Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach -- and now President Donald Trump appears to be doing the same thing to President Barack Obama's White House Council on Women and Girls.

Initially, it seemed Trump might keep the office. Senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said in February that she expected to oversee it. In April, Hicks said Ivanka Trump and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell were undertaking an internal review of how to handle the range of issues handled by the office -- from health care to pay -- and expected to be done by May, but by the third week of June, the status of the office was still in question, with one senior administration official suggesting that it hadn't been that effective.


#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 08:40 PM | Reply

POS ---- - the new name for Dotard.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-12 10:12 AM | Reply

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