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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has come under fire after defending Rob Porter, his former chief-of-staff who resigned as White House staff secretary Wednesday over allegations that he abused his two ex-wives.

The latest: After initially backing away from his defense of Porter, Hatch said Porter was a "very good man" who should "fight on" rather than step down.

The timeline:

  1. Yesterday, Hatch released a fiery statement defending Porter and disparaging news outlets for publishing the allegations, which he called a "vile attack on such a decent man."
  2. Today at 2 p.m., in a statement released by the White House, Hatch called all domestic violence “abhorrent and unacceptable,” and offered prayers for everyone involved.
  3. The Latest According to NBC News’ Frank Thorp, Orrin called Porter a “very good man” and urged him not to resign:
“I told him he shouldn’t (resign)...he should fight his way through this, and he’s got a lot to give to the administration and to all of us.... I know Rob, he’s a very fine fellow and very good man, and it’s been a tremendous embarrassment to him. But he’s going to hang in there I think.”

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