Second White House Staffer Quits Over Domestic Abuse Allegations

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from Slate,

As the White House went into yet another round of crisis-management mode this past week following revelations that the administration did not get rid of an aide who had been accused of domestic abuse until after it was reported in the press, another staffer stepped down Friday following similar allegations. Speechwriter David Sorensen resigned Friday as the Washington Post was reporting a story on the claims by his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, that he was “violent and emotionally abusive” during their marriage. Sorensen denies the allegations, claiming that he was the victim in what the Post characterizes as their “turbulent” marriage.

The White House claims it confronted the speechwriter with the Council on Environmental Quality over the allegations before the Post reached out for comment on its story. “Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations. We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.

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