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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Calls for Trump to Fire White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

February 9, 2018
Press Release
Trump’s Sympathetic Defense of Violent Domestic Abuser Rob Porter Is Repulsive

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement rejecting President Donald Trump’s comments about White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and calling on President Trump to immediately fire White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for his domestic abuse cover-up:

“President Donald Trump’s comments today defending White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter demonstrate that the Trump-Pence White House is an environment that lacks any shred of decency and is completely at odds with the values of the American people, especially the women of this country. With his outspoken endorsement and support of accused child molester Roy Moore and now his sympathetic defense of a violent domestic abuser, it is clear that President Trump is willing to excuse the vilest forms of abuse. 

“The severity of the Porter scandal demands President Trump immediately fire White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Mr. Kelly has jeopardized national security by allowing his subordinate, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter — who was never granted a permanent security clearance — to control the President of the United States’ most highly classified documents. To be clear, Mr. Kelly empowered and defended a domestic abuser in a highly sensitive role despite evidence from the FBI that he could not receive a security clearance.

“Mr. Kelly must go, but that is not enough. The reckless conduct of the inner circle in the White House with classified national security documents demands a thorough Congressional investigation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should immediately hold hearings on Mr. Porter’s role at the White House, which White House staff were aware of his repeated domestic violence, and why Mr. Kelly allowed him to handle classified information. Instead of a Cover-Up Congress, we need full accountability.”