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Old February 9th, 2018, 02:21 PM   #1
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John Kelly Offers to Resign

I guess we can't go ONE SINGLE day without a White House Scandal. We're calling today the "JOHN KELLY DAY".
John Kelly couldn't have handled the Rob Porter mess worse. He was supposed to handle not only Trump but Trump's staff. OOPS.

A quick glance at the series of profiles written of Kelly when he ascended to chief of staff in late July shows that the word "order" is everywhere. Kelly was lauded for his military background and sense of discipline. This paragraph, from a New York Times piece, is symbolic of the coverage at the time:
"Mr. Kelly's arrival in his new post on Monday could signal a new stability at the White House, but only if Mr. Trump gives him the authority to crack down on the behavior of his other aides."
That storyline crashed into a brick wall of reality this week when it was revealed that Kelly had been aware of allegations of domestic abuse against White House staff secretary Rob Porter for months and had not only not acted to remove Porter but had urged him to weather the storm caused by the accusations as late as Tuesday night.

And the White House's attempt at explaining why Kelly did nothing -- and, in fact, pushed Porter further and further into the Trump inner circle -- falls flat.

Raj Shah tried -- and failed -- to absolve Kelly of blame at Thursday's press briefing:
"I know there's been some reports about the chief of staff. He became fully aware about these allegations yesterday. I'm not going to get into the specifics regarding who may have known what pieces of information because they were all part of an ongoing background check investigation."

The word "fully" is doing A LOT of work in that explanation. Shah hinted that the emergence of a picture -- showing one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye -- influenced Kelly. "it's the full nature of the allegation, particularly the images," said Shah.
So, until he saw the picture, Kelly believed Porter's denials. Another OOPS.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/09/polit...sis/index.html
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