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Authorities: White Home not '' micromanaging ' Kavanaugh probe

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Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018|8:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON– Senior Trump administration officials firmly insisted Sunday that the White House was not “micromanaging” a new FBI background check of Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh, declaring the probe was a Senate procedure which legislators were the only ones dictating its specifications.

President Donald Trump initially opposed such an examination in the face of sexual misbehavior claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one.

White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said oversight of the examination belonged to the Senate.

” The White Home counsel has enabled the Senate to dictate exactly what these terms appear like and what the scope of the investigation is,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The White Home isn’t stepping in. We’re not micromanaging this process. It’s a Senate procedure. It has actually been from the start, and we’re letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway delivered a similar message Sunday, repeating that the examination will be “restricted in scope” and “will not be a fishing exploration. The FBI is not tasked to do that.”

Yet the exact scope of the investigation stayed uncertain.

Trump informed reporters Saturday that “the FBI, as you know, is all over speaking with everyone” and said “this might be a true blessing in camouflage.”

” They have unlimited freedom. They’re going to do whatever they need to do, whatever it is they do. They’ll be doing things that we have never even thought about,” Trump said as he left the White Home for a trip to West Virginia. “And hopefully at the conclusion whatever will be great.”

The president reviewed the concern of the scope of the FBI’s probe later on Saturday on Twitter, composing in part, “I want them to interview whoever they consider proper, at their discretion.”

At least 3 women have implicated Kavanaugh, a federal appellate court judge of misconduct. He denies all their claims.

The lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who has actually implicated Kavanaugh of sexual misbehavior when they were trainees at Yale classmates, has agreed to comply with the FBI, her legal representative John Clune said Saturday. Ramirez has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a celebration in the early 1980s.

A third female, Julie Swetnick, implicated Kavanaugh and Judge of extreme drinking and improper treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations. Kavanaugh has called her allegations a “joke” and Judge has said he “unconditionally” rejects the claims.

But Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Julie Swetnick, who has actually accused the judge of excessive drinking and unsuitable treatment of women in the early 1980s, to name a few allegations, said Saturday that his customer had actually not been called by the FBI however wants to work together with private investigators.

Kavanaugh has actually called Swetnick’s accusations a “joke.”

Kavanaugh’s high school good friend Mark Judge, who Ford states remained in the room when an inebriated Kavanaugh sexually attacked her, said he will comply with any police that will “confidentially examine” sexual misbehavior accusations against him and Kavanaugh. Judge has likewise rejected misbehavior claims.

Lawyers for P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, 2 others who Ford said remained in your home when she was assaulted, have stated their customers are willing to comply “completely” with the FBI. A lawyer for Keyser declared her previous declaration that she doesn’t know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at an event or celebration where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee stated in a declaration Saturday night.

Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after California teacher Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a celebration when they were teens. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.

In dueling appearances last Thursday, he and Ford informed their stories throughout sworn testament before the Judiciary Committee. The panel voted Friday in favor of Kavanaugh, along celebration lines, and Flake then provided his proposition for the FBI investigation.

Trump then bought the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh’s background examination, which has actually delayed a final vote on Kavanaugh’s election. The Judiciary Committee has stated the probe ought to be limited to “present reliable allegations” versus Kavanaugh and be completed by next Friday.

The FBI carries out background checks for federal nominees, however the company does not make judgments on the trustworthiness or significance of claims. The private investigators will compile info about Kavanaugh’s past and supply their findings to the White Home and include the information in Kavanaugh’s background file, which is offered to senators.

In a different action involving the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department and the FBI to open a criminal examination into “obvious incorrect statements” made to committee detectives alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in 1985.

A constituent called the workplace of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., declaring that Kavanaugh had actually sexually attacked an acquaintance on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985. Grassley said the person later “‘ recanted’ and apologized for the claims by means of social media.

Best Bets: Jack White, Abba the Performance, Lights FC and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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Amy Harris/Invision/AP Jack White performs in New Orleans in May.

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018|2 a.m.

. This one’s for the residents. Next week brings another huge Vegas vacation weekend with Labor Day on Monday, September 3, meaning the Strip’s clubs, dayclubs and concert halls will be loaded with visitors trying to find one last enjoyable summer fling. However these next 3 days are the correct time for Las Vegans to take advantage of the valley’s different entertainment offerings with a little less traveler traffic.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Brooklyn Bowl stays of the music-loving local’s preferred performance destinations and this Friday show from among the world’s most popular acoustic instrumental acts is just another reason why. August 24, info at brooklynbowl.com.

JACK WHITE Infamously reclusive artist and actor Tom Waits came out of hiding to go to Jack White’s concert last week in San Francisco. Who understands who will show up to see the enigmatic blues rocker’s second of two programs today at the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea theater Friday night? August 24, info at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

LAS VEGAS LIGHTS VS. FRESNO FC You just have six more opportunities to capture a Cashman Field match throughout the Lights’ historic inaugural season and there’s no time like today. Saturday night’s contest against Fresno starts at 8 p.m. and also features pre- and post-match fireworks, plus barbecue at the Zappos Tailgate Party. August 25, info at lasvegaslightsfc.com.

ABBA THE CONCERT If you have actually already seen “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” a couple times this summer season and you’re still hungry for more music, hit the Tropicana Theater Saturday for 21st Century Artists’ long-running ABBA tribute program. From “Dancing Queen” to “Waterloo,” this program will cover all the bases in celebratory fashion. August 25, information at < a href="

https://www.troplv.com/entertainment/abba-the-concert” > troplv.com. ROB ZOMBIE & & MARILYN MANSON The “Twins of Evil: Second Coming” tour reunites these two controversial, genre-bending rock legends at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend. The tour opener in Michigan saw Manson and Zombie covering the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and the appearance of at least one huge robot puppet. August 25, details at mgmgrand.com.

Fox News to White Home: Expense Shine is Trump'' s brand-new image guy

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018|8:35 a.m.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.– For several years he dutifully carried out Roger Ailes’ orders, making himself the label “the Butler” at Fox News.

Now, Bill Shine is serving the exact same function under President Donald Trump.

The former news executive, who was officially brought into the White House last month as deputy chief of personnel for communications, has yet to move into an irreversible workplace or cause his own personnel. But he is currently putting his mark on the West Wing, clashing with press reporters, improving the production quality of White Home occasions and trying to form the message of an administration whose communication method has always appeared haphazardly determined by tweet.

Shine is most often described by individuals near the White House as an “adult” and well-respected professional with the age and experience to be relied on by a president who is distinctively obsessed with his image and coverage.

“I think that Expense commands the regard that is needed on such a top priority based upon his management experience and understanding of the media,” stated Sean Spicer, the previous White House press secretary and communications director. Shine, he stated, “got in the White House with the regard, maturity and experience that is more of a peer than a staffer.”

After years dealing with and managing cable television news stars with outsized egos, Shine understands the best ways to deal with someone like the president, including the most reliable ways to provide guidance or pushback.

And unlike many stopped working hires who have gone into the West Wing with weapons scorching, threatening mass firings, Shine appears to have, at least up until now, succeeded in not ruffling his coworkers’ plumes– though he is widely anticipated to include his own personnel and has actually been carrying out interviews.

“He’s about making sure we’re relocating the right direction,” stated Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of tactical interactions, who stated Shine is universally well-liked by senior staff and has reduced, not increased, tensions.

However Shine’s arrival likewise has coincided with a perceived escalation in friction with the press, including an occurrence last month when a CNN press reporter was barred from covering an open-press occasion due to the fact that Trump didn’t like the questions she ‘d shouted earlier in the day, when she was working as a representative of the tv networks.

Kaitlan Collins stated she was called into Shine’s workplace, where Shine and White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders notified her she would not be welcome at the next event because they ‘d considered her concerns improper. The relocation sparked instant outcry from media groups and companies, including Shine’s previous company, Fox News.

Sanders contested the concept that Shine was encouraging Trump’s combative instincts with journalism and said he wishes to decrease the temperature level and find more ways to work with them.

“Expense is a great person who is adding brand-new viewpoint and competence to the group. He is fantastic to work with and a strong leader in the White House,” she said.

But some who have worked with him saw the move as traditional Shine.

Shine knows all the things that can rile up news organizations, stated one person who knows both males and, like others, spoke on condition of privacy to speak freely about their interactions.

Another individual familiar with his work at Fox described him as a real believer in Fox’s objective, stating his idea of what television news need to be is the opinionated, combative, personality-driven formula of Fox News star Sean Hannity.

Trump’s choice to bring Shine into the White Home was not a surprise. His name had been floated for months as a prospective White House employ, and he had actually worked for years for Hannity, among Trump’s closest confidants and a lot of loyal cheerleaders.

Shine acted as Hannity’s executive manufacturer, as well as the magnate for Fox’s prime-time opinion programs and the early morning hit, “Fox & & Pals,” and quickly as co-president of Fox after Ailes was ousted amid claims of rampant unwanted sexual advances at the network.

Shine left Fox last year amid questions over his own handling of harassment and discrimination accusations. Shine was never accused of direct misdeed but was considered susceptible because of claims he looked the other method as charges of toxic work environment behavior piled up.

Throughout that time, Shine served as an ever-loyal lieutenant to Ailes– working as the “administrator” of his orders.

So far, Shine has actually concentrated on his expertise, working quietly behind the scenes to improve the production quality of Trump’s made-for-TV occasions, including the announcement of the president’s Supreme Court choice.

Shine, who the White Home said was unavailable for remark for this story, understands the significance of visual images, as well as how occasions are going to play in the news, stated Schlapp. “He thinks about the big photo and how it’s going to play out.”

He also appears to have introduced a brand-new– if short-lived– period of discipline, with Trump taking reporters’ yelled concerns less frequently than he had before Shine’s arrival.

Last month, Shine took the uncommon step of notifying a group of reporters gathered outside the Oval Workplace for a swearing-in ceremony for the brand-new Veterans Affairs secretary that Trump would not be taking concerns considering that he had actually spoken earlier in the day. While Trump often appears not able to withstand the desire to engage, he walked right out the door when the event was over, as Shine had forecast.

Bauder reported from New York.

White Home says Omarosa claim of Trump racism is '' incorrect '.

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/ > Richard Drew/ AP In this April 27, 2017, file picture, Omarosa Manigault appears at the Women’s Power Luncheon of the 2017 National Action Network convention, in New York.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018|1:05 p.m.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.– The White Home is slamming a new book by ex-staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her “a dissatisfied former White Home employee.”

The Guardian paper reports that in the memoir, Manigault Newman identifies Trump a “racist” and declares she’s been informed there are tapes of him using the N-word repeatedly while shooting “The Apprentice” reality series on which she appeared.

White Home Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Friday, “Instead of informing the truth about all the great President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and flourishing,” Manigault-Newman’s book is “filled with lies and false accusations.”

Sanders says, “It’s unfortunate that a dissatisfied former White Home staff member is attempting to profit off these false attacks.” She’s criticizing the media for providing her a platform.

Kim Kardashian West goes to the White Home to talk pardon

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP Kim Kardashian, center, gets here with her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley at the security entryway of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Might 30, 2018.

Wednesday, Might 30, 2018|7:25 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West visited the White House Wednesday to make a star-powered case to President Donald Trump and his personnel on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses.

Kardashian West has been advising the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who has actually invested more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.

It had been unclear whether the socialite would have the chance to take a seat with Trump while she was in Washington, however Trump validated the conference– as he often does– by means of Twitter, composing, “Terrific meeting with @KimKardashian today, discussed prison reform and sentencing.”

He consisted of an image of the two in the Oval Workplace– Trump seated behind his desk and Kardashian West, dressed in all-black, standing to his right.

Kardashian West arrived at the White Home just after 4:30 p.m. for what was anticipated to be a meeting with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior consultant, who is overseeing the administration’s push to revamp the country’s jail system. She appeared to preview the go to on her Twitter feed, composing: “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.”

An unusual A-list star to check out the White Home considering that Trump took workplace, Kardashian West was seen presenting for photos in front of the West Wing prior to going into.

Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, a member of Johnson’s legal group, said Kardashian West had intended to discuss the problem with Trump directly. She said after the conference that she had actually sought advice from those who had attended and stated it “seemed to work out.”

” It is now in President Trump’s hands to decide whether to conserve Alice Johnson’s life,” Barnett stated.

In an interview with Mic released previously this month, Kardashian West stated she ‘d been moved by Johnson’s story after seeing a video by the news outlet on Twitter.

” I believe that she truly should have a 2nd opportunity at life,” Kardashian informed Mic. “I’ll do whatever it requires to get her out.”

Kardashian West said in the interview she ‘d been in touch with Kushner over the case and that, if she had the possibility to bring it up with Trump, she ‘d tell him, “I really do believe that she’s going to really grow beyond prison, and I would simply urge him to please pardon her.”

Trump last week given an unusual posthumous pardon to boxing’s very first black heavyweight champ, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what numerous saw as a racially charged conviction.

The fighter’s pardon had actually been championed by star Sylvester Stallone, who Trump said had brought the story to his attention in a telephone call.

Trump has actually released just a handful of pardons, consisting of one for former Maricopa County Constable Joe Arpaio, a staunch campaign fan; one for Scooter Libby, who functioned as chief of personnel to Vice President Cock Cheney; and one for a U.S. Navy sailor convicted of taking images of classified portions of a submarine.

Kardashian West supported Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, throughout the 2016 election. But her other half, rap artist Kanye West, just recently used his assistance for Trump in a series of tweets, stating they both share “dragon energy.” Kardashian West safeguarded her husband when he caught flak on social networks for his tweets.

West also paid a visit to the then-president-elect in New York before his inauguration. Trump said they spoke about “life” as they posed for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower. West has said he didn’t vote in the presidential election, however if he had, he would have cast a tally for Trump.

Trump and members of his administration have actually spoken passionately in favor of prison and sentencing reform, however that has in some cases encountered Trump’s law-and-order approach, especially at the Justice Department.

Certainly, Trump has called for getting tougher on drug dealers, consisting of suggesting that some should get the death penalty.

Johnson was convicted in 1996 on 8 criminal counts associated with a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation including more than a dozen individuals. The 1994 indictment explains lots of shipments and drug transactions, lots of including Johnson.

She was sentenced to life in jail in 1997, and appellate judges and the U.S. Supreme Court have rejected her appeals. Court records reveal she has a movement pending for a decrease in her sentence, however federal prosecutors are opposed, stating in a court filing that the sentence is in accord with federal guidelines, based on the big amount of drugs involved. The United States Lawyer’s Workplace in Memphis did not immediately react to a request for remark Wednesday afternoon.

A criminal justice advocacy site, CAN-DO, and among Johnson’s attorneys state a request for clemency was declined by former President Barack Obama. The reasons are unclear.

A 1997 Associated Press story on Johnson’s sentencing said she headed up a multimillion-dollar drug ring. However Memphis attorney Michael Scholl, who submitted the most recent court files in her ask for a sentence decrease, said she was not a leader in the drug operation.

” What is the purpose of putting a girl with no previous criminal record, on a nonviolent drug offense, in jail for her entire life?” he stated in a telephone interview. “She’s a model prisoner.”

Scholl added that Johnson has actually admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has actually written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now supervises her case.

” Judge Mays I’m writing to you to express my deep regret for the criminal offense that I committed over Twenty Years earlier. I made some bad choices which have not just impacted my life, but have affected my entire family,” she said in a February 2017 letter in the court record.

In a hand-scrawled letter last June she wrote: “I’m a damaged lady. More time in prison can not achieve more justice.”

Associated Press author Kevin McGill contributed from this report from New Orleans. McCartney reported from Los Angeles.

Secret Service says male shoots himself outside White House

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ AP Law enforcement officers at Lafayette Park throughout from the White Home in Washington, close the area to pedestrian traffic, Saturday, March 3, 2018. A guy apparently shot himself along the north fence of the White House midday, inning accordance with the Trick Service, which likewise stated he was being dealt with for the wound.

Saturday, March 3, 2018|10:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON– The Secret Service states a male shot himself outside the White House, and medical workers are on the scene.

President Donald Trump is not at the White Home– he remains in Florida, but is set to return later Saturday.

The firm states in a Twitter post that there are no other reported injuries associated to the occurrence.

The Trick Service tweeted about noon Saturday that workers are responding and a person “supposedly suffered a self-inflicted weapon shot injury along the north fence line” of the White House.

The District of Columbia authorities says its homicide/natural death system is reacting.

White Home press secretary says “we know the circumstance, the president has been informed.”

2 colleges investigating white supremacist signs on school

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018|8:56 a.m.

BURLINGTON, Vt.– Authorities at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College say they are investigating white supremacist indications and stickers that are being posted around the colleges’ schools.

The University of Vermont said last week that indications defending white opportunity were posted in a school display screen managed by its Mosaic Center for Trainees of Color. The Burlington Free Press reports St. Michael’s President Jack Neuhauser says officials are examining comparable indications at his college.

Neuhauser said St. Michael’s assistances free speech but will not endure hate speech veiled as free speech. He pointed out report stating the posts are indicated to motivate white nationalists and not promote equality for all.

University of Vermont authorities say they’re planning an event this week for student to talk about the signs.

White nationalist militia declares Florida school shooter was a member, but authorities aren'' t so sure

This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (Broward County Jail via AP)
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title=” This picture supplied by the Broward County Prison reveals Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has been accuseded of 17 counts of premeditated murder. (Broward County Prison by means of AP)” border=” 0″ src=” /wp-content/uploads/2018/02/16091904_G.png” width=” 180″/ > This picture offered by the Broward County Jail reveals Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has been accuseded of 17 counts of premeditated murder.( Broward County Jail through AP).( Meredith/ AP)– The leader of a white nationalist militia said the Florida school shooting suspect was a member of his group and took part in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee, however police aren’t convinced this is true. After a number of news outlets, consisting of the Associated Press, reported that the shooting suspect’s supposed connection to a white supremacy group, cops spoke to the Tallahassee Democrat

. Authorities stated they are investigating the shooter’s reported connection to the group, The Republic of Florida militia (ROF), but have actually discovered little to suggest he’s one of the group’s lots approximately members.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports a social media post from the ROF’s leader Jordan Jereb stated it was all a “legit misunderstanding.”

In a profanity-laced post hours later a social networks website, an account bearing Jereb’s name said the whole thing was a ” legit misunderstanding,” stating they have more than one member named Nikolas. He likewise stated he not slept “for like 2 days.”

The Tallahassee Democrat said Jereb has a history of attention-seeking behavior. In 2014, he even apparently complained that the ROF “was not already listed as a hate group” on the news site.

Jereb told The Associated Press on Thursday that his group wants Florida to become its own white ethno-state. He said his group holds “spontaneous random presentations” and attempts not to participate in the modern world.

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This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (Broward County Jail via AP)
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White House assistant resigns after claims of spousal abuse

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Image”/ > Evan Vucci/ AP In this Jan. 20, 2017, file picture, White Home Personnel Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a verification order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Workplace of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018|12:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Among President Donald Trump’s leading White House assistants resigned Wednesday following claims of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.

Personnel secretary Rob Porter stated in a written declaration that accusations that ended up being public this week are “outrageous” and “merely false.” Porter stated photos released of his previous partners were taken almost 15 years back and do not tell the complete story. He said he will leave the White House after a transition duration.

” These outrageous claims are just false. I took the photos offered to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is no place near what is being described,” Porter stated in a composed statement. “I have actually been transparent and genuine about these vile claims, however I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated negative campaign.”

” My dedication to civil service speaks for itself. I have always put responsibility to nation first and treated others with respect,” added Porter, who joined the administration at its start in January 2017. “I am deeply grateful for the chance to have actually served in the Trump Administration and will look for to ensure a smooth shift when I leave the White House.”

Porter’s previous better halves recounted physical, spoken and psychological abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.

Porter, 40, has actually been credited with dealing with chief of staff John Kelly to control the flow of information to the president. Porter was often seen with Trump when the president took a trip and as he signed legislation or proclamations. The DailyMail.com published a statement from Kelly referring to Porter as a “guy of true integrity and honor and I can’t state enough good things about him.”

” He is a good friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am happy to serve together with him,” Kelly included.

Porter, favored throughout the White Home, lost internal support once the pictures came out. However even then, Kelly was prompting him to stay, inning accordance with a White House authorities who spoke on condition of anonymity to communicate internal conversations.

Porter’s first spouse, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her throughout the five years they were husband and wife.

Porter’s second partner, Jennifer Willoughby, likewise described for the DailyMail.com how Porter once dragged her naked and damp from the shower to yell at her. She filed a protective order versus him. Stories published online by the DailyMail.com consisted of images of Holderness with a bruised eye socket that she stated she suffered after Porter punched her in the face while on getaway in Italy.

Neither Holderness nor Willoughby could be reached Wednesday for comment. Telephone messages left by The Associated Press were not returned.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated she had actually not gone over the allegations against Porter with Trump. She stated Porter was not pushed to resign.

” Rob Porter has actually been effective in his role as personnel secretary,” Sanders said. “The president and chief of personnel have full self-confidence in his abilities and his efficiency.”

Before joining the administration, Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, spent nearly 3 years as chief of staff to long time Utah Republican politician Sen. Orrin Hatch. Porter also worked for Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah.

Hatch launched a statement that said he was “heartbroken” over the claims and knocked domestic violence.

” In every interaction I have actually had with Rob, he has been courteous, expert, and respectful. My personnel loved him and he was a trusted consultant,” Hatch said. “I do not know the details of Rob’s individual life. Domestic violence in any type is abhorrent and undesirable.”

Associated Press author Jon Lemire added to this report.