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The revelations by Daily have set of a crisis in the White House over the handling of Porter's past.
The pair were on their way to becoming a bona fide Washington power couple, as two of President Donald Trump's most trusted and closest aides.
His second wife Jennifer Willoughby (right) has also claimed that Porter was abusive in their marriage'Hope is smarter than some people give her credit for,' the White House official said.'She's an incredibly strong woman, independent-minded, and a tireless supporter of President Trump.'A second person close to Hicks confirmed Wednesday that she and Porter had gone their separate ways. Daily first reported less than two weeks ago that the couple became an item in November.
That revelation led to an avalanche of controversy as Porter's former spouses shared their stories with Daily Mail.com, and then with other news outlets.
One person close to Hicks told Daily on Wednesday that the dating came to an end after Porter resigned last week when his two ex-wives came forward to accuse him of abuse.Amid fears that Porter's past could become Hicks' present, Conway declared on CNN's 'State of the Union' program: 'I don't worry about her in that respect.' 'In the case of Hope, I have rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent – excellent – instincts and loyalty and smarts,' she added.'I didn't have the presence of mind and the professional capabilities at her age that I see in her every single day.'Conway said Hicks had 'a great support system around her' including West Wing colleagues, along with a big advocate in the Oval Office'Hope is absolutely fantastic,' President Trump said Saturday through a spokesperson.'She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more.Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all.' Trump declared Wednesday in the wake of the Porter crisis that he is 'totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind.''Everyone knows that,' Trump told reporters, 'and it almost wouldn't even have to be said.' But with support for Chief of Staff John Kelly waning inside the White House, Trump continued on Wednesday to miss easy opportunities to give the retired Marine Corps general his public backing.'Did your staff handle the [Rob] Porter allegations properly? The president sat stone-faced, uttering an occasional 'thank you' while his press aides shooed journalists and cameramen out of the Cabinet Room.In Skiffington Holderness' email to the FBI, also obtained by Daily Mail.com, he expressed concerns that Porter's friend, Bryan Cunningham, who was a mutual acquaintance, was 'actively working to quell' issues surrounding Porter's background check for his White House security clearance.Skiffington, 36, also wrote that Cunningham told him it was best to 'bury the past' with regards Colbie's marriage to Porter, now 40. lobbyist, called Skiffington Holderness in late January, regarding a 'time-sensitive' issue.
Before the call ended, I mentioned to him that from time to time people approach Colbie or me and ask questions about her previous marriage, having been told mistruths.'I asked that since we have been put in the awkward position of talking about this matter, whether Bryan could ask Rob to be truthful when discussing his past marriage.