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Kelly says he "was shocked" to hear accusations against Rob Porter

John Kelly.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly put out a second statement on Wednesday night regarding staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation after his two ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.

"I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. 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. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition."
— John Kelly