Kellyanne Conway Interviewed by ABC News, CNN in Response to White House Domestic Abuse Allegations

Posted: Feb 11, 2018 11:15 AM
Kellyanne Conway Interviewed by ABC News, CNN in Response to White House Domestic Abuse Allegations

Kellyanne Conway was interviewed on several Sunday morning talk shows today, where she lent support to the alleged victims of domestic abuse committed by former White House top aide, Rob Porter.

On CNN’s State of the Union, Conway told host Jake Tapper that there is credible evidence against Porter and that she was "horrified" when she learned of the situation last week. "In this case, you have contemporaneous police reports, you have women speaking to the FBI under threat of perjury ... you have photographs, and when you look at all of that pulled together, Rob Porter did the right thing by resigning.” Porter stepped down from his White House position last week after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.

Conway said while this was not the man that she knew in a professional setting, that she has "no reason not to believe the women." 

It is unclear exactly who in the White House knew what about Rob Porter’s sordid past. Some in the media and political circles have speculated that the President will fire Chief of Staff General John Kelly, after it was rumored he knew more about the abuse but looked the other way when hiring Porter. However, Conway told Tapper that the president has confidence in General Kelly.

 "I spoke to the President last night, and I told him I would be with you today. He said, 'Tell Jake I have full faith in Chief of Staff John Kelly and that I am not actively searching for replacements,'" Conway said. "He said, 'I saw that all over the news today -- I have faith in him,' and he does."

And when asked about General Kelly on ABC News’ this week, Conway told host George Stephanopoulos, Kelly told the host he would have to speak to General Kelly and ask him the question “squarely” about what he knew. 

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She again reemphasized that President Trump has confidence in Kelly, as well as Hope Hicks. Hicks, White House Communications director, had a previous personal relationship with Porter. However, the White House maintains that their work and personal life were completely separate.