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Sen. Hatch gives statement following Rob Porter resignation

Rob Porter (Photo: Orrin Hatch's office)

(KUTV) — Sen. Orrin Hatch gave a statement following news that White House aide Rob Porter is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

Porter has called the allegations "outrageous" and "simply false." He claims the photos published were taken close to 15 years ago and that the "reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described." He says he has been truthful and fully transparent, but will leave the White House after an unspecified transition period.

The aide's ex-wives say they were subjected to physical, verbal and emotional abuse during their marriages with Porter.

His first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her throughout their five-year marriage. His second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, alleged that Porter verbally abused her during their honeymoon.

Porter was Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's chief of staff for nearly three years. Hatch issued the following statement following news of Porter's alleged abuses:

"I am heartbroken by today's allegations. In every interaction I've had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful. My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor. I do not know the details of Rob's personal life. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable. I am praying for Rob and those involved."


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