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Hatch Defends Former Aide Accused Of Domestic Violence

Rob Porter, a top White House aide and former chief of staff to Sen. Orrin Hatch, has resigned after allegations of spousal abuse.

Porter is accused of domestic violence by two of his ex-wives. Before joining the Trump administration as a staff secretary, Porter was Hatch’s top aide from 2014-2017. He also worked for Sen. Mike Lee and taught at BYU.

In a statement issued by his office, Hatch said he was “heartbroken” by the allegations and called Porter a trusted advisor.

But he was far more defensive in comments to reporters. He told an NBC reporter he’d have preferred Porter not to resign and work through his problems.

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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