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- White House chief of staff John Kelly said he was "shocked" by the sweeping allegations of domestic and emotional abuse leveled against top staffer Rob Porter.
- Porter's two ex-wives made those allegations, which led to Porter's resignation on Wednesday.
- Kelly had initially defended Porter, but later released a statement saying "There is no place for domestic violence in our society."
- Multiple news reports published Wednesday night said the White House knew about the accusations for months.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said he was "shocked" to hear about the sweeping allegations of domestic and emotional abuse against top staffer Rob Porter, who resigned on Wednesday amid the fallout.
Kelly said in a statement released Wednesday night, "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society." Earlier, Kelly said Porter should "stay and fight," according to a story published by the news website, Axios. Kelly defended those remarks.
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