WALKBACK

Sen. Hatch: Dismissing Trump Allegations Was ‘Irresponsible’

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Friday that it was “irresponsible” of him to claim that he didn’t care about President Trump being implicated in Michael Cohen’s crimes, according to a statement obtained by CNN. “Earlier this week in an unplanned hallway interview with CNN, I made comments about allegations against the President that were irresponsible and a poor reflection on my lengthy record of dedication to the rule of law,” Hatch said in a statement, adding that he has “expressed confidence” in special counsel Robert Mueller “countless times” before the hallway interview. Hatch told CNN earlier this week that he did not care about the federal government’s allegation that Trump directed his former personal attorney to make hush-money payments to two women. “OK, but I don’t care, all I can say is he’s doing a good job as president,” Hatch said. The senator also told CNN that individuals can “make anything a crime under the current laws” and allegations can be blown “way out of proportion.”