The controversy began Sunday when Sen.
White House spokesman
On Thursday, a White House official offered further detail in a brief statement.
"While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the president is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding," the official said.
The statement did not say which White House official conducted the briefing with Senate Democrats.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for House Speaker
At the National Republican Senatorial Committee, spokeswoman Brook Hougesen said Durbin "is at the crux of the partisan divide" in Washington. "How can voters trust anything this man says? Durbin should either reveal his 'source' or retract his partisan attack immediately and apologize. His credibility is waning."
Durbin, 68, is up for reelection next year.