It reads more like a made-for-TV drama than it does a White House issue, but according to a news report it was jealousy over Rob Porter dating his ex-girlfriend Hope Hicks that likely led Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to leak the wife-beating allegations that ultimately forced Porter’s resignation.
Porter’s second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told New York magazine that Porter in January desperately tried to get her to remove a blog post where she accused him of physical abuse because he feared someone was “going to send it to the media.” That someone is Lewandowski, the report claims.
Porter resigned as Trump’s staff secretary last month following revelations he couldn’t pass an FBI background check due to domestic-violence allegations by Willoughby and his first wife, Colbie Holderness — who released a photo that showed her with a black eye. Porter has denied those allegations.
Porter, 40, and then-White House communication director Hicks, 29, broke up amid the scandal. They had been dating since the fall.
Sources told New York that Lewandowski, 44, remained fixated on Hicks following their own split — which, as Page Six exclusively reported, involved a public, May 2016 spat that saw Hicks scream, “I am done with you!” on 61st Street and Park Avenue.