Orrin Hatch Walks Back Statement Slamming ‘Vile Attack’ on WH Aide: ‘Domestic Violence… Is Abhorrent’ [UPDATE]


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is walking back his fiery comments from Tuesday denouncing reports of domestic violence against White House senior aide Rob Porter as a “vile attack.”

In a new statement released via the White House, the Utah Senator — who formerly had Porter serve as his chief of staff — struck a very different tone than he did 24 hours earlier.

Compare that to the Tuesday comments backing Porter and condemning the Daily Mail‘s report on domestic violence accusations levied against the White House aide by his ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby.

“It’s incredibly discouraging to see such a vile attack on such a decent man,” Hatch said (via The Intercept). “Shame on any publication that would print this — and shame on the politically motivated, morally bankrupt character assassins that would attempt to sully a man’s good name.”

Porter announced his resignation Wednesday, after a subsequent report from the Daily Mail detailing allegations from his first wife, Colbie Holderness.

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UPDATE 5:42 p.m. ET — Hatch may have just walked back his walk back. Frank Thorp of NBC News spoke to Hatch, who said the following:

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