• Chris Kleponis/Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rob Porter may be the latest man President Donald Trump defended amid assault allegations, but he wasn't the first.The president himself has faced repeated allegations of sexual misconduct or assault, saying that all of the women who have accused him are "liars."That isn't the exact same approach Trump used for Rob Porter, his now-former White House staff secretary, and other men close to him when they've faced either assault, sexual assault or sexual misconduct allegations in the past.Rob PorterThree days after detailed allegations of Porter's alleged spousal abuse were made public, and two days after photos of the alleged abuse were released, Trump weighed in and praised Porter's work, saying he did "a very good job while he was in the White House."Porter has denied the allegations, despite graphic photos of one ex-wife with facial bruising and a black eye, and a haunting description of violence from a second ex-wife.Making remarks in the Oval Office on Feb. 9, Trump said he hopes Porter has "a great career ahead of him.”Trump said the allegations were "very sad" and said it was "obviously a tough time.""It was very sad when we heard about it. And certainly, he's also very sad. Now he also, as you probably know -- he says he's innocent and I think you have to remember that," Trump said.Five days later -- after his initial remarks about Porter -- Trump made another statement, saying he is "totally opposed" to domestic violence and did not specifically tie the comments to the accusations against Porter."I am totally opposed to domestic violence, and everybody here knows that," Trump said on Feb. 14. "I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that."Roy MooreBack in November, ahead of the special election to fill the Senate spot in Alabama vacated by Jeff Sessions, Trump publicly weighed in on the embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore.Trump spoke of the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore -- and sided with him."You have to listen to him also,” Trump said, adding, “He totally denies it.”Moore was accused by eight women of sexual misconduct or impropriety. He denied those claims.Bill O'ReillyTrump defended former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly after an April 1 New York Times report that described settlements he reached with five women who accused him of harassment. O'Reilly denied the misconduct claims.Trump, who has known O'Reilly for years, told the Times that O'Reilly is "a person I know well" and "a good person" and that he didn't think "Bill did anything wrong.""Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled," Trump said.Roger AilesAfter Roger Ailes stepped down as Fox News chairman and CEO, Trump praised him and said, "He's been a friend of mine for a long time."Ailes' resignation came after former anchor Gretchen Carlson left Fox News on June 23 and, shortly afterward, filed a lawsuit against her former boss. Fox News and Ailes, who later died in May 2017, had denied Carlson's allegations.Carlson was one of several women, including Megyn Kelly, who came forward with allegations of impropriety against Ailes during his tenure at Fox. Then-candidate Trump came to his defense."Some of the women that are complaining -- I know how much he's helped them," Trump said during an appearance on Meet the Press in July 2016.He added, "Now all of a sudden, they are saying these horrible things about him. It's very sad because he's a very good person. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person."Corey LewandowskiIn March 2016, Trump's then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of grabbing a female reporter after a campaign event, and Trump's campaign responded with a statement from then-campaign press secretary Hope Hicks saying the accusation was "entirely false."Trump himself weighed in two days later, after the March 10 Republican primary debate."Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she
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  • Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere "with U.S. elections and political processes," according to the agency.The indictment depicts an elaborate scheme in which some of the Russians accused allegedly came to the U.S. with the deliberate intention of undermining the American political and electoral process, including the 2016 presidential election.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the Russians charged called their work "information warfare against the United States" with the goal of spreading distrust of candidates and the political system in general.Some defendants "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign" without revealing their association with Russia. The indictment also says the defendants posted negative information about a number of candidates during the last general election.The individuals operated social media pages and groups designed to attract American audiences with a strategic goal to "sow discord in the U.S. political system". They staged rallies and had a basic infrastructure which included computers and other support systems.Ultimately, the "defendants' operations included supporting the presidential campaign on then-candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton" his Democratic rival, according to the indictment.According to the agency, "the indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LEAVENWORTH, Kansas) -- A congressional hopeful in Kansas is under fire by some people for deciding to continue his raffle for a rifle to support his campaign.Tyler Tannahill, of Leavenworth, announced the AR-15 giveaway via his Twitter page on Feb. 13. However, the AR-15 is the same type of weapon that was used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.“I don’t think we have a gun problem. I think it’s a mental health issue, problem," Tannahill told ABC affiliate KMBC-TV Thursday, adding it's why the rifle raffle will continue.“We don’t support people going into schools and shooting them up. That’s absolutely not what we support. We support the Second Amendment, and your right to protect yourself, your life, your property, and your family,” he told KMBC-TV.Tannahill said the raffle is being done legally and that the winner would need to go to a gun store and pass all the legal federal background checks.Social media was mixed on his giveaway up until the Florida school shooting, which is when comments on Tannahill’s Facebook page became heated, with many people calling him out for continuing the raffle.However, there seems to still be some enthusiasm for the contest as more than 400 people have signed up for it since the announcement.Tannahill is campaigning for the Kansas second district congressional seat currently held by Republican Lynn Jenkins.
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  • Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A federal court has unsealed a filing against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in which prosecutors with the special counsel’s office accuse Manafort of conducting “a series of bank frauds,” new, uncharged allegations that come on top of the conspiracy and money laundering charges he already faces.The filing says the government has opposed a more lenient bail package for Manafort “in light of additional criminal conduct that we have learned since the Court’s initial bail determination,” and adds that the conduct in question “includes a series of bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies.”Manafort already faces a raft of charges in federal court, to which he has pleaded not guilty.Most of those charges stem from work he conducted overseas for political work in Ukraine.He is the most senior Trump campaign adviser to face charges as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into meddling by Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.The charges he is facing don’t relate to his brief tenure at the helm of the Trump campaign.The bank fraud allegations leveled in the new court filings have not been formally charged, at least not in public.Instead, prosecutors elected to reference the claims of additional criminal conduct as part of an attempt to prevent Manafort from altering the terms of his $10 million bail arrangement.Manafort and prosecutors have struggled for weeks to reach an agreement over which of his many real estate holdings would satisfy the court as collateral.Manafort has been confined to his home in Alexandria, Virginia, since being indicted in October.The filings made public Friday night made no mention of Manafort’s longtime colleague, Rick Gates, who was indicted at the same time. Both Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to the charges in the underlying indictment.A spokesman for the Manafort legal team did not respond to a request for comment late Friday.The new allegations include an assertion that he doctored records in order to secure loans for one of the properties he owns.“Manafort provided the bank with doctored profit and loss statements for [his company] DMP International LLC for both 2015 and 2016, overstating its income by millions of dollars,” prosecutors wrote.“At the next bail hearing, we can proffer to the Court additional evidence related to this and the other bank frauds and conspiracies, which the Court may find relevant to the bail risk posed by Manafort as well as the risk that the banks may foreclose on the real estate being proposed by Manafort to secure his release.”
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  • Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- President Donald Trump visited Broward Health North Hospital to meet with wounded students, their family members and the hospital medical team on Friday evening following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and 14 injured."The job they've done is incredible and I want to congratulate you," Trump said as he shook hands with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko -- a trauma surgeon.Later, Trump said he had met with some of the victims' parents and said they were in "really great shape" given the circumstances.Trump also met with first responders at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.“Thank you all very much. Fantastic job. Thank you,” he told the first responders before calling for them to get raises. "Incredible job and everybody is talking about it."The president told the officers that while at the hospital he met a female victim who had been shot four times, including in the lung. He said the first responders, by their quick actions, had saved her life.U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi were also at Trump's meeting with the officers.Trump did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about changing the nation's gun laws, but said earlier that he is “working with Congress on many fronts” without elaboration.Sources with direct knowledge of President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida high school shooting confirm to ABC News, that the president has said on multiple occasions including Friday morning “we have to do something.”White House sources tell ABC News that it remains unclear what exactly the president wants to ultimately do, but he does want to know what options are available to the administration.Sources confirm that, since the shooting, members of the administration have reached out to survivors, relatives of victims and locally elected officials in communities that have previously faced a school shooting.Axios reported Friday White House officials were in the process of contacting individuals connected to past mass shootings such as Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School, sites of some of the most deadly mass shootings in modern American history.Reached by ABC News, several families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook told ABC News Friday they have not been contacted by the Trump administration.The president tweeted Friday morning that he is “working with Congress on many fronts” but did not elaborate.Appearing on Fox News, White House spokesman Raj Shah said the administration will be looking into a host of potential policy prescriptions going forward, with “mental health and school safety at the forefront.”“The president wants to take leadership and actually fix this problem and create best practices across the country,” Shah told FOX, saying “there are a lot of specific policy proposal we'll be looking at.”Shah said there will be discussion soon with the nation’s governors at the National Governor’s Association and said that state and local leaders will be at the forefront of efforts in charting out a path for preventative next steps.President Trump has been a close ally of the National Rifle Association – securing their endorsement during the 2016 elections. Almost every day during the race Trump would talk about the second amendment.“I love the second amendment, I’m a member of the NRA my sons are members of the NRA, I’m the strongest on the second amendment.”The NRA spent $30 million in support of efforts to elect Trump, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Trump was the first sitting president in decades to address the NRA's convention last year."The eight year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House," Trump told the gathering.However, Trump
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Following revelations that disgraced White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter held a top security clearance even after the FBI discovered allegations of domestic abuse against him, the White House on Friday released a five-page memo from Chief of Staff John Kelly that outlines changes he plans to make to the security clearance process.Kelly acknowledged "we should -- and in the future, must -- do better," but he does not admit any personal wrongdoing.In the memo, first reported by the Washington Post, Kelly says going forward the FBI should hand deliver to the White House its background investigations on individuals in senior positions and "verbally brief the White House counsel on any information in those files they deem to be significantly derogatory."Kelly's memo comes in the wake of a White House scandal that called into question how security clearances are issued, and who in the White House is able to gain access to classified information without the proper clearance.Porter, who was accused of domestic violence by his two ex-wives, was able to access classified information as the President's Staff Secretary while only holding an interim clearance.Kelly's memo says that future interim clearances must be granted a temporary clearance of 180 days, with an option to extend for an additional 90 days "if no significant derogatory information that would call into question whether interim status is appropriate."It also says that individuals working under interim clearance status, as Porter did, would only be able to access highly classified information with "explicit Chief of Staff's approval, which would be granted only in the most compelling circumstances."The memo implies Kelly had no prior knowledge of the seriousness of the claims against Porter, who was handling classified documents while working closely with Trump.The Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats criticized the current clearance system during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing this week. "The process is broken. It needs to be reformed," said Coats. "We have situations where we need people in places but we don't have [clearance]."The White House came under fire for its response to Porter, and questions surrounding who knew what -- and when -- about Porter's health.Vice President Mike Pence admitted on Wednesday that the White House "could have handled this better.""This administration has no tolerance for domestic violence, nor should any American," Pence said.But when asked by the Wall Street Journal if the situation could have been handled better, Kelly said "No, it was all done right."The White House has not said who, if anyone, was briefed by the FBI briefed on concerns about Rob Porter. However, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate this week that it gave the White House four reports on Porter's background.The President has voiced frustration over the handling of domestic abuse allegations involving one of his closest aides, and even discussed possible replaces for Kelly, sources close to the president told ABC News.But for now, Kelly is focusing on future projects. Kelly's memo states that he will create a working group, made up of White House counsel Don McGahn, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and FBI Director Wray. The working group, wrote Kelly, will study the clearance process and "modernize standards across the Executive Branch.""It is clear that new administrations will face similar challenges in the future and one of the most important things that a new White House staff must do correctly starting on Inauguration Day is to get the security clearance and suitability reviews processes right," wrote Kelly."We have a duty to the American people to ensure that, if nothing else, clearance and security protocols are passed down and become institutional knowledge of the White House."
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