Another aide to President Donald Trump has resigned after accusations of spousal abuse against him surfaced, the Washington Post reports.
David Sorensen, a 32-year-old speechwriter from Maine, stepped down Friday after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, told The Post that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their two-and-a-half-year marriage. Sorensen has denied the accusations.
His resignation comes after former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned after his two ex-wives accused him of abuse. Porter has also denied the allegations.
“We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement to The Post.
Sorensen said in a statement sent in a text message to the newspaper he “didn’t want the White House to have to deal with this distraction. It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump’s historic accomplishments for the American People.”
Sorensen is a former top aide to Maine Governor Paul LePage and was a longtime Republican operative there before joining the White House in May 2017, according to the Portland Press-Herald.
According to the Press-Herald’s Eric Russell, Sorensen, “has a reputation as an aggressive and sometimes combative political operative, particularly while he was working for the House Republicans and for the state party. During the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, he tussled with reporters and engaged frequently on social media with Democratic counterparts. Since he’s been an adviser to the governor, he’s been more low-key although still a regular presence in the State House.”
Sorensen’s ex-wife, Corbett, contacted The Post a week before Porter’s case became public. She said that during her marriage to Sorensen, he ran over her foot with a car, put out a cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall. She also told the newspaper he grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine’s coast. She said that incident left her fearing for her life.
She told The Post she didn’t report the abuse because of Sorensen’s connections to law enforcement. She said that several of the incidents involved alcohol and that she slapped Sorensen a number of times after he called her vulgar terms.
Sorensen denied the accusations, telling The Post, he “never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life. In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her. He said he has contacted an attorney and is “considering legal options to address her defamation.”