Rob Porter Reportedly Told White House Staff His Ex-Wife’s Black Eye Was an Accident

A new report tonight details what Rob Porter apparently told White House officials when those reports of alleged domestic abuse came out.

And per ABC News, he claimed his ex-wife Colbie Holderness‘ black eye was an accident:

Porter told senior staffers his first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, received a black eye and facial bruises during an argument as the two struggled over Venetian glass in their hotel room while on vacation in Venice in the early 2000s after they were married.

He said that “[Holderness] was ready to throw glass onto the floor to smash and they both lunged for the glass and there was a struggle,” according to two people with knowledge of the account.

Porter went on to say that she bruised her eye when she fell during their struggle and denied punching her. He also said that the was first time they had a physical altercation and that there were no elbows or knees involved.

Holderness told the Daily Mail that he punched her in the face.

There have been serious questions about how much the White House knew about these allegations before last week, and apparently “the divergent tales and Porter’s own adamant denials to a group of senior staffers were part of what led the White House to initially defend him.”

Reporters today grilled the hell out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the White House response and the timeline.

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