Kelly is not ready to explicitly offer a resignation, according to a person familiar with his thinking.
But the Trump White House has repeatedly proven itself as an ethics-free zone.
Conway, however, said Trump is "very disturbed" by Porter's alleged behavior, a remark that White House legislative affairs director Marc Short echoed on Sunday.
Mr Trump generously praised Mr Porter, telling reporters on Friday: "He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we wish him well".
At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter.
Shah refused to confirm in detail when and how Kelly in particular became aware of the claims, or Hicks's role in shaping the White House response.
Yet the White House's handling of the matters, specifically Porter, has largely focused on Kelly. Hours later, after pictures surfaced showing one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye, Kelly issued a more critical statement saying he "was shocked" by "the new allegations released today".
Conversations have been going on last week among White House staffers as to what a "post-Kelly world looks like", a source familiar with these discussions said, with Mulvaney seen as a leading contender to eventually replace Kelly.
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David Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Trump, reigned when he learnt that the Washington Post was working on a story detailing accusations of physical and emotional abuse by his ex-wife.
Some complained that Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, who learned in January 2017 that Porter was concerned about potentially damaging accusations from two ex-wives, had not been forthcoming enough about what he knew.
The allegations of domestic abuse against Porter first came to light Tuesday. Kelly said in a statement on Wednesday after the Intercept published an article that included a photo provided by one of Porter's ex-wives, Colbie Holderness, that she said was evidence of Porter hitting her.
"The perception of Kelly as above politics has been critical to his success in the West Wing". It's a White House where distinguishing between right and wrong is prohibited. The president added, "He also, as you probably know, says he is innocent, and I think you have to remember that".
And many, including the president himself, have turned their ire on Kelly for vouching for Porter's character and falsely asserting that he had moved aggressively to oust him once his misdeeds were discovered.
Porter's departure, along with Kelly under fire, could deprive the West Wing of some of its steadier hands and anxious some staffers that the sense of order that appeared to have been installed in recent months could evaporate.
The president has also supported others who have faced abuse allegations, including Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate. He defended him and attacked the women who made the allegations, He said they were complaining and saying disgusting things about someone who had helped them.