Former Donald Trump speechwriter David Sorensen resigned from the White House after his ex-wife accused of him of a litany abuse during their short marriage. Jessica Corbett spoke to the Washington Post in an interview that was published on February 9. Shortly after the article went live, Sorensen’s resignation was announced. It comes a day after former Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned after his two former wives, Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, came forward with allegations of domestic abuse.
Corbett told the Post that during her marriage to Sorensen, he extinguished a cigarette in her hand, ran over her foot in a car and attacked her while grabbing her hair when the couple was in a boat off of the Maine coast. At the time of those instances, Sorensen was a policy advisor and a key member of Maine Governor Paul LePage’s administration.
An engagement notice for the couple published in the Valdosta Daily Times, where Corbett hails from, gives their wedding date as December 13, 2014, “on a chartered yacht off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.” At the time of their engagement, Corbett was working for Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin. According to Corbett’s LinkedIn page, she nows works as a director for Michigan’s Republican Party. Previously, Corbett has worked for the Republican Party of Florida, Marco Rubio’s 2009 U.S. Senate campaign and as a consultant for War Room Logistics, a political polling and digital communications company in Florida.
In the Washington Post story, Sorensen refutes the allegations of abuse and says that he was resigning so as not to distract from Trump’s presidents. Rather, Sorensen says that it was he who was the victim of violence during their marriage. Corbett acknowledges that she “slapped” Sorensen “a number of times” because of names he called her.
The Post says the couple was officially divorced in September 2017. A month later, Corbett says, she outlined her allegations of abuse to an FBI agent who interviewed her as part of Sorensen’s background check. An FBI spokesperson told the Post that Sorensen’s job didn’t involve security clearance and that the investigation into his background had been ongoing at the time of his resignation.
In April 2017, Corbett tweeted that she was “finally tweeting under my name @jessicacorbett. Thanks to the amazing @verified team for helping me out!.” The Washington Post describes the divorce as “uncontested.”
Corbett alleged to the Washington Post that a number of the instances involving Sorensen were alcohol related. Corbett added that she didn’t make a police report because of Sorensen’s political connections in Maine.