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Fmr. Ethics Head Mauls WH Chief of Staff Amid Reports He Knew of Staffer’s Abuse Allegations: ‘Shame on John Kelly’

Reports have emerged that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly knew about allegations of domestic violence against White House senior aide Rob Porter — and backed him anyway.

This is not sitting well with former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub Jr.

Appearing on New Day Wednesday, the former ethics head — who seemed to be frequently at odds with President Donald Trump before resigning his post in July — slammed the White House Chief of Staff for looking the other way on the Porter allegations.

“You have Kelly saying that he believes the man,” Shaub said. “Well, what does Kelly base that on? He looked deep into the man’s soul and perceived innocence?”

He added, “I doubt Kelly went out and interviewed those women themselves and decided they were liars. He just decided that the white male employee working for him couldn’t possibly beat his former wives because he said he didn’t. Well, that’s ridiculous. And shame on John Kelly.”

As to the idea that Kelly could possibly have not known about the claims against Porter?

“There’s just no way he couldn’t,” Shaub said.

Watch above, via CNN.

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