John Kelly Calls Aide Facing Abuse Allegations A 'Man Of True Integrity'

White House Chief of Staff John Kellyknew about a protective order against staff secretary Rob Porter well before Porter resigned Wednesday over allegations that he had abused his two ex-wives, Politico reports.

The order prevented Porter from being given full security clearance, a senior administration official told Politico.

Two sources told CNN later on Wednesday that Kelly, as well as other senior White House staffers, had been aware of the allegations for months. 

It’s unknown if Kelly took any action at the time, but on Wednesday he reportedly urged Porter not to resign and wrote a glowing review of the alleged abuser.

Porter’s resignation followed reports from The Daily Mail and The Intercept in which his two former spouses discussed the physical, mental and emotional abuse they said they suffered at his hands.

Colbie Holderness, Porter’s first wife, alleged that he punched her in a 2005 incident.

“He threw me down on the bed and punched me in the face,” Holderness told The Intercept. “I think he was shocked that he had lost control to that extent.”

Porter’s second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, was granted the protective order against him in 2010 because she said he would “not leave their apartment.” Willoughby alleged that Porter forcibly pulled her out of a shower and yelled at her that same year.

Still on Wednesday, Kelly said in a statement, “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also offered praise.

“Rob Porter has been effective in his role as Staff Secretary,” Sanders said in her statement. “The President and Chief of Staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.”

In a second statement released later on Wednesday, Kelly said that he was “shocked” by the domestic abuse reports but that he would “stand by” his praise of Porter.

“I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter,” Kelly said. “There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation.”

Last October, Kelly suggested it was a problem that women were no longer being treated as “sacred” beings.

“When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” Kelly said during a news conference. “Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases.” 

John Kelly offered strong praise for departing White House aide Rob Porter. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)John Kelly offered strong praise for departing White House aide Rob Porter. (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)
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John Kelly: Trump Plan Would Help Dreamers 'Too Afraid' Or 'Too Lazy' To Apply For DACA

WASHINGTON ― White House chief of staff John Kelly said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s offer to save undocumented young people ― though only if he can build a border wall and slash legal immigration ― is generous because it would help immigrants who may have previously been “too lazy” to seek protections.

Trump has said he would support a path to citizenship for the 690,000 people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, as well as for anyone who is eligible for the program but didn’t sign up. The White House estimates that’s 1.8 million people total, leading Kelly to call the president’s proposal “stunning.” 

“The difference between 690 [thousand] and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up,” Kelly said, according to The Washington Post. “So the president, shockingly, said OK, 1.8 million, and then probably the biggest shock was in a path to citizenship. That’s beyond what anyone could have imagined.”

He doubled down on his comments later in the day, telling reporters that people “just should have probably gotten off the couch and signed up.”

Kelly was at the Capitol talking to lawmakers about the president’s immigration framework, which includes a path to citizenship for some so-called Dreamers, or undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Trump also wants more border security, an end to the diversity visa lottery and to phase out types of so-called “chain migration,” which allows Americans and legal permanent residents to sponsor certain family members for green cards.

Trump and administration officials have insisted this is a reasonable compromise, but Democrats don’t see it that way, given the massive cuts to legal immigration pathways. Even some Republicans view the president’s proposal as unworkable. Meanwhile, the White House has shot down bipartisan bills that don’t include the same cuts to legal immigration.

Kelly said he “can’t imagine” anyone voting against Trump’s framework.

“I would offer that if before the champions of DACA were members on one side of the aisle, I would say right now the champion of all people that are DACA is Donald Trump,” he said. “But you would never write that.”

It’s likely that people will lose protections in large numbers in March if Congress does nothing, in addition to the estimated 122 people who have lost protections daily since September.

Dreamers are in this situation because Trump rescinded DACA in September and told Congress it had six months ― until March 5 ― to find a solution. The administration is currently accepting DACA renewal applications under a court order, but it can take months for those reviews to be completed. Trump is also fighting that ruling.

It’s likely that people will lose protections in large numbers in March if Congress does nothing, in addition to the estimated 122 people who have lost protections daily since Trump ended the program.

It’s expensive to apply for DACA ― the application fee is nearly $500 every two years, and that doesn’t count potential lawyer fees. That can make it difficult for some people to apply, especially if they are in school, working under the table or helping to support their families. Others, as Kelly mentioned, did not apply because they’re afraid of the government having their information. 

Some lawmakers have argued that perhaps Trump could just extend DACA. However, officials have said that isn’t possible because the president has called the program unconstitutional, and Kelly said he doesn’t think Trump has that authority. He also said Trump would not ask Congress for some sort of extension.

But Kelly insisted that DACA recipients, should they lose their protections, would not be a priority for detention or deportation.

That’s not likely to comfort DACA recipients. A man whose DACA had recently expired was detained when he went to traffic court last week, although he was later released. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said repeatedly that their main targets are criminals and others who are high-profile for removal, but that they won’t look the other way if they come across others who are in the country without authorization. There’s no reason to think that wouldn’t include former DACA recipients ― even if the administration insists they’re not a priority.

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Five Telling Facts About Devin Kelly Who Murdered 26 People in a Texas Church

  • cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
  • place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
  • place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury;

Devin Kelly was discharged from the US Airforce under less than honorable conditions and it was illegal for him to buy a gun.

As CBS reported, Kelly is former “US Air Force E1 (2010-2014). He received a dishonorable discharge. He was court martialed in May 2014.” The network also wrote, “Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014.”

Air Force service records indicate that Kelley served in the Air Force until he was discharged for allegedly assaulting his wife and child, the Associated Press reports. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County, New Mexico from 2010 until a 2012 court martial, according to Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek.

According to American Military News, “Under U.S. Code, dishonorably discharged military personnel are not allowed to legally purchase a firearm and this is documented on the ATF’s website. However, the conditions of the dishonorable discharge have yet to be released.” According to The Los Angeles Times, “Federal law prohibits a person who has been dishonorably discharged from buying a firearm. Whether Kelley’s discharge would trigger the law was not immediately clear.”

While there are conflicting reports as to whether or not Kelly received a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable discharge, the Texas governor confirmed on Monday to CNN that Kelley was denied a gun permit by the state. “So how was it that he was able to get a gun? By all the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun,” the governor asked.

Kelly’s Facebook page contained telling information before being taken down by authorities

At the very top of the killer’s Facebook page, Kelly posted a quote from Mark Twain, noting that he did not fear death. “I do not fear death,” it read. “I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

In spite of the governor claiming he was not allowed to purchase a weapon, Kelly displayed a Ruger AR assault rifle on his page. He posted a picture of it on October 29 with the caption, “She’s a bad bitch.”



CNN reported that “Devin Kelley purchased the Ruger-AR556 rifle in April 2016 from an Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio. Officials say Kelley checked box to indicate he didn’t have any disqualifying criminal history on background paperwork.”

According to his Facebook page, Kelly liked GLOCK, German Shepards, Body Armor Megastore, Fuck it, and several atheism pages.



Kelly’s wife reportedly attended and once taught at the church, yet he openly preached about atheism.

The San Antonio Express-News reported, “Kelley wasn’t believed to be a member of First Baptist Church, but had ties to the church through family members.” UK Daily Mail reported that Danielle “was previously a teacher at the First Baptist Church.” The sheriff revealed on November 6 that Danielle’s parents, despite their ties to the church, were not there when the shooting unfolded.

As Heavy reports, Devin Kelley’s LinkedIn page says that he was a VBS “teacher aid (sic)” for “VBS AT KINGSVILLE FBC” and notes, “Dates volunteered Jun 2013 – Jun 2013. Volunteer duration 1 mo. Cause Children. Teaching children ages 4-6 at vocational bible schools helping their minds grow and prosper.” However, multiple children are reportedly among those shot in the church. Furthermore, VBS stands for Vacation Bible School, not vocational as Kelley wrote.

Despite once teaching religion, acquaintances of the killer told ABC News that he “hated religious people.”

According to UK Daily Mail, “Former classmates described him as ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and an ‘outcast’ who had recently started preaching about atheism and picking fights on social media.”

Another former classmate, Nina Rose Nava, wrote on her Facebook page: “…in complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn’t stand his post. He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism. Smh.” It’s not clear why the killer would say he briefly taught Bible classes if he was fixated on atheism. She also wrote, “Me and my friend say him a month back at dennys and we were talking about how weird he was!!!”

Kelly was stopped by brave citizens—who were armed—but no one has reported who shot him.

As Heavy reported, Summer Caddel said her boyfriend, Johnnie Langendorff, “called her moments after the shooting at First Baptist Church and told her that he saw a gunfight between the shooter and a neighbor, who was returning fire,” according to KSAT-TV. “Langendorff then told Caddel the suspect — identified as Devin Patrick Kelley — then got into an SUV and drove away, and the two gave chase.” She said that the car then crashed.

Langendorff said he and another “member of the community” gave chase to Kelly after the shooting. After a short chase, Kelly crashed his car. The two men then reportedly held Kelly at gunpoint while they had police on the phone. Langendorff said it took about five to seven minutes for police to arrive.

Langendorff, despite claiming he was only a “few feet” from Kelly, noted that he could not tell whether or not Kelly was moving. When police arrived on the scene, Langendorff says they took over and he and the other citizen left.

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John Kelly's Remarks On Civil War Blasted By Congressional Black Caucus Head

WASHINGTON ― Adding to the resounding criticism of White House chief of staff John Kelly’s comments about the Civil War, the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday said the remarks fit a larger pattern of “repeated attempts to whitewash history” by President Donald Trump’s administration.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) also took the administration to task for a “continued inability to apologize when it is flat out wrong.”

In a Fox News interview that aired Monday night, Kelly said that “a lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” He also defended Confederate leaders and said the war was fought by “men and women of good faith on both sides.”

“John Kelly needs a history lesson,” Richmond said in a statement. “The Civil War was not a disagreement between ‘men and women of good faith on both sides.’ It was a struggle for the soul of this country. Thankfully, the right side won the war and slavery is no longer the law of the land.”

Numerous historians on Tuesday scorned Kelly’s remarks. “This is profound ignorance,” said David Blight of Yale University.

And in a series of tweets, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates broke down why Kelly’s comments were incorrect, noting that lawmakers had compromised numerous times on the issue of slavery before the war finally came in 1861.

“Shocking that someone charged with defending their country, in some profound way, does not comprehend the country they claim to defend,” Coates said of Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general.

In the interview, Kelly also praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as “an honorable man,” and expressed concern over the removal of numerous Confederate statues ― an effort that has accelerated following the deadly violence sparked by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.

“Human history, our culture is an evolving thing,” Kelly said. “There will be, 100 or 200 years from now, people that criticize us for what we do, and I guess they’ll tear down, you know, statues of people that we revere today.”

Trump has taken a similar stance on Confederate statues. The president also famously argued that “both sides” were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville and that some “very fine people” were among those participating in the white supremacist rally.

Richmond’s statement reiterated his criticism of Kelly for refusing to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), after earlier this month he misrepresented a speech that she made, while attacking her character.

“He is starting to sound a lot like his boss,” Richmond said of Kelly.

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People Are Officially Done With John Kelly After His 'Absurd' Civil War Comments

John Kelly, chief of staff to President Donald Trump, angered many on Monday when he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that the Civil War was caused by a “lack of ability to compromise.” 

Kelly had been seen by some as a voice of reason in the White House. But his latest comments may have burned up whatever goodwill he had among the president’s critics:

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Kelly Clarkson to appear as mentor in ‘The Voice’ season 14 knockouts

Kelly Clarkson will be appearing on “The Voice” season 13 ahead of her season 14 coaching debut. NBC revealed Clarkson’s involvement in the season 13 knockout rounds, which begin next Monday, Oct. 30, in the official episode descriptions released by the network.

Clarkson, who had previously appeared as Team Blake’s battle rounds mentor in “The Voice” season 2 and as a musical guest multiple times after that, was named a coach of season 14 earlier this year. Her guest appearance next week is par for the course with NBC, which has established a pattern of having incoming coaches onto the show a season before to promote them with audiences. Miley Cyrus, whom Clarkson is replacing in season 14, also appeared on the show as a knockout rounds advisor before she started her full-time coaching gig. Other coaches, like Alicia Keys, have also shown up as musical guests ahead of their format debuts.

It’s also efficient, as Clarkson is already on the Universal Studios Hollywood lot working on “The Voice.” When it was announced that Keys would be returning to coach season 14 last week, it was Clarkson who introduced her, presumably either pre-taping these knockout appearances or preparing for season 14, which will start in early 2018 with the two women joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the panel.

For longtime “The Voice” fans, this is neither that surprising nor particularly game-changing. It’s a marketing move for NBC to build up anticipation toward Kelly Clarkson as a full time “Voice” coach, and those existing fans know what to expect from her as an advisor, given that she’s already filled that purpose once. But for those who are newer to the series, hiring her as the knockout rounds advisor could be their first exposure to her in any sort of non-performing capacity, as well as a refresher for anyone who doesn’t remember season 2 (which was five years ago). This is the expected move for “The Voice” and the one that makes the most business sense, too.

Clarkson will appear in the episodes airing Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 7; “The Voice” is running a “best of the season” clip show on Oct. 31 according to TV listings. She’ll then become a regular panelist starting at an as yet unknown date in early 2018.

Before that, fans can get their tickets to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 perform live at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Events Center on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Tickets are on sale now through AXS.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

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