Menendez: Trump has 'moral obligation' to speak out against domestic abuse

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Trump lowers refugee goal to 30,000, he must meet it Blame Senate, not FBI, for Kavanaugh travesty MORE (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa MORE has a "moral obligation" to speak out against domestic abuse amid the fallout from the allegations surrounding former staff secretary Rob Porter.

"I think he has a moral obligation to do so and as the leader of our country he needs to speak out strongly against domestic violence," Menendez told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. 

"It's pretty outrageous that we keep getting different stories about what really happened here in the White House, and today's statement by the FBI director, that they, in fact, they had the information and gave to the White House speaks volumes about the president's lack of concern on this issue," he continued. "So he needs to speak up. He's past the time he should have spoken up, and he needs to do it vigorously."


Porter resigned from his White House post last week after abuse allegations from his two ex-wives were revealed in the press.

Questions have surfaced as to when chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn were made aware of the allegations, which were brought to the attention of the FBI.

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday said that investigators submitted a partial report on their background check of Porter as far back as March 2017 and that the check ended in July.

Wray also said that new information was presented to the White House in November and January.

However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that the White House became aware of the full extent of the Porter allegations on Feb. 6.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that "lives were being shattered ... by a mere allegation" and raised questions about the lack of due process after Porter and another White House aide resigned amid abuse allegations. 

Sanders told reporters on Monday that "the president supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process."

Menendez was tried in court last year after being accused of bribery by accepting gifts, campaign donations and vacations in exchange for political favors.

The federal judge presiding over the case declared a mistrial after the jury said that it was deadlocked and unable to make a decision.