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Trump: Lives Shattered by Mere Allegations

Trump: Lives Shattered by Mere Allegations
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By    |   Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:38 AM

President Donald Trump appeared to double down on his belief in "Due Process" regarding allegations made against two of his former staffers who were accused of domestic violence by former wives, maintaining lives were being "shattered" by allegations of abuse.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" Trump tweeted Saturday.

Two White House staff members resigned this week over reports of domestic abuse. Staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, after denying accusations by his two ex-wives, calling the charges "outrageous" and "simply false."

Trump responded to Porter's resignation on Friday by telling reporters in the Oval Office that Porter maintained his innocence.

"He says he's innocent. I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent," Trump said. "We absolutely wish him well."

Trump also offered a measure of support for Porter by saying he had a "great career ahead of him."

The Washington Post reported Friday night that a second White House staff member, speechwriter David Sorenson, was resigning amid domestic abuse allegations. Sorenson's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, accused him of repeatedly abusing her during their turbulent 2½-year marriage. Sorenson denied Corbett's accusation and said he was the one who had been abused.

Sorensen insisted he had "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life . . . In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her," the Post reported.

Abuse advocacy groups responded to Trump's support of Porter with dismay. Gretchen Shaw, associate director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said the president's comments were "disappointing" and suggested he missed a "big opportunity" on the issue.

"Regardless of what our opinion may be about whoever is in the White House, they have a huge responsibility to be role models in this nation," Shaw told the Washington Examiner. "Rather than coming out and supporting zero tolerance for abuse, he's taking the side of the abuser. That sends a message, and it gives permission. … It further silences victims, and the consequences of that are people die. Many people die. They're tortured and killed at the hands of their abusers."

Abuse often dissolves into a "he said, she said" issue due to a lack of witnesses. But, as Corbett told the Post, she thought it was "scary" that someone like her ex-husband could be working in the White House.

"Everyone can think you're the most wonderful guy, but you're throwing women into walls by night," she told the Post.

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President Donald Trump appeared to double down on his belief in "Due Process" regarding allegations made against two of his former staffers who were accused of domestic violence by former wives, maintaining lives were being "shattered" by allegations of abuse."Peoples lives...
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