When White House officials first caught wind that the Daily Mail was set to publish bombshell allegations of domestic abuse against staff secretary Rob Porter, they mounted a defense — which included fingering Corey Lewandowski of mounting a “smear campaign” against the aide, according to the Daily Beast.
White House officials frantically called the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, per the report, who once employed Porter as chief of staff, to ask the Utah lawmaker to put together a statement defending him against the allegations in anticipation of the Mail story.
From the Beast:
The White House officials told Hatch’s office that the story was the product of a “smear campaign” being orchestrated against Porter by his political enemies. Among those they pinpointed was former Trump campaign manager (and current outside adviser to the president) Corey Lewandowski, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. Multiple White House staffers told Hatch himself that Lewandowski “was digging into Rob’s previous marriages,” recalled one source, who said Porter himself was among the officials who fingered Lewandowski.
Though Lewandowski has reportedly bad mouthed Porter in the past, he denied the allegations he orchestrated the abuse claims made against him.
“I’ve never had a bad word about Rob Porter,” he told the Beast. “I think he did a very good job, and I wish him the very best.”
Lewandowski, a pitbullish New Hampshire political operative who served as Donald Trump’s first campaign manager until he was ousted after he manhandled a Breitbart reporter, has strived to maintain a profile in Trump’s orbit, and reportedly still speaks with the president.
He was also rumored to have dated White House comms director Hope Hicks — who also dated Porter, and reportedly drafted some of the administration’s more vigorous defenses of the aide against the abuse allegations, which were eventually walked back after his resignation.
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