Despite credible allegations that former White House staff secretary Rob Porter physically and emotionally abused his two ex-wives, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was disappointed to see him vacate his post.
According to Hatch's spokesperson, Matt Whitlock, the senator said he would "prefer him not to resign" and encouraged Porter to get help so he could perhaps resume public service in the future.
Porter worked in Hatch's office before taking on his role in the White House.
"When Sen. Hatch spoke to Rob at the White House today, the two discussed his next steps and Sen. Hatch urged Rob to get help so that he could possibly serve the country in some capacity down the road," Whitlock said in an email.
"Whether he takes leave and gets that help now or resigns to focus on making those necessary changes will be up to him," he added.
Hatch made similar comments to reporters Wednesday:
"I encouraged him to keep a stiff upper lip and work out his problems," Hatch told reporters, according to CBS News. "And I would prefer him not to resign, just work his way through and do what's right."
Porter has denied the allegations by his former wives, calling their public accusations a "coordinated smear campaign":
“My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House," he said.