A second White House official has resigned following a media investigation into allegations of domestic violence. As discussed yesterday the disconnect between Rod Porter claiming that the allegations were false but his subsequent failure to seek a legal remedy or even threaten a defamation action. David Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Trump, has raised a possible defamation action against his wife in denying the accusations. Indeed, he alleges that she was the abuser — creating a possibility of libel actions on both sides (much like the Roy Moore situation). President Donald Trump has responded to the two cases by decrying the impact of “mere allegations” in “shattering lives.”
White House spokesman Raj Shah said that, when White House learned of the allegations being pursued by The Washington Post, “We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegation and he resigned today.”
Sorensen’s ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, alleged that he abused her throughout their two year marriage, including running over her foot with a car, shoving her, grabbing her arm, and putting a cigarette on her hand.
He says that she was the abuser and has announced that he is “considering legal options to address her defamation.” With the conflicting allegations, both could sue for defamation since they are alleging criminal conduct by their former spouses as well as lying about these incidents.
Sorensen was a speechwriter on Trump’s environmental quality council.