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Father Patrick J. Conroy.
Father Patrick J. Conroy. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The embattled chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives has won his job back just hours after sending a scalding letter to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that accused a top Ryan aide of telling him "something like 'maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic.'"

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, forced the Rev. Pat Conroy to tender his resignation last month, sparking a firestorm. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers.

But in a statement Thursday, Ryan — himself a Catholic — reversed course.

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The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivers a message in Washington on June 13, 2016.
The Rev. Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivers a message in Washington on June 13, 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite)

The embattled chaplain of the House of Representatives is seeking to withdraw his resignation in a caustic letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

The Rev. Patrick Conroy accuses a top Ryan aide of telling him “something like ‘maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic.’”

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and a Catholic himself, forced Conroy to tender his resignation last month, sparking a firestorm. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers. 

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Rudolph W. Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Rudolph W. Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. (Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump did not know about a $130,000 payoff to an adult film actress who claimed she’d had a sexual affair with him even as he paid tens of thousands of dollars to the New York attorney who made the payments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

In April, Trump told reporters that he knew nothing of the $130,000 that his private attorney, Michael Cohen, paid to Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, 11 days before the 2016 election. Trump referred all questions to Cohen.

In Fox News interviews Wednesday night and again Thursday morning, Trump’s new outside attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, said Trump had reimbursed Cohen via a large monthly stipend beginning after the election.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on reporters during a news conference at the White House on Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on reporters during a news conference at the White House on Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Trump “eventually learned” that attorney Michael Cohen was reimbursed for making a $130,000 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the days before the 2016 election. 

Sanders is referring specific questions about the case to Trump's legal counsel and referring other questions to attorney Rudy Giuliani's recent interviews. 

Giuliani said in televised interviews that Trump didn't know the full details of the payments until about 10 days ago. 

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On April 5, 2018, President Trump said he did not know about a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels from Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney.

In a series of tweets early Thursday, President Trump tried to contain the legal and political fallout from his attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani’s revelations that Trump paid hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels, which the president had previously denied.

The president, in the tweets, portrayed his nondisclosure agreement with the actress as the sort of thing “very common among celebrities and people of wealth.”

Trump’s postings are unlikely to answer multiple questions he and his advisors will face during the day. On Wednesday night, Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Trump had reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 for paying off Daniels shortly before the 2016 election.

John Dowd left his post as President Trump's outside lawyer shortly after Trump denied a shakeup would happen.
John Dowd left his post as President Trump's outside lawyer shortly after Trump denied a shakeup would happen. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)

Seven weeks ago, President Trump tweeted that he was happy with his legal team, denying a story that appeared in the New York Times.

Since then, he's replaced two-thirds of his lawyers.

John Dowd, who was Trump’s lead outside lawyer, announced his departure from the legal team 11 days after Trump’s tweet.

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Ty Cobb was among the original members of President Trump’s legal team for the Russia investigation.
Ty Cobb was among the original members of President Trump’s legal team for the Russia investigation. (Denver Post / Jerry Cleveland)

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who was among the original members of President Trump’s legal team for the Russia investigation, announced Wednesday that he is retiring.

Cobb will be replaced by Emmet Flood, a lawyer who previously represented President Clinton during his impeachment. He also served two years in the White House counsel’s office for President George W. Bush.

In an email, Cobb said that he was “glad the president persuaded Emmet to carry the torch forward.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, confirmed Cobb’s departure.

Vice President Mike Pence, center, meets with Border Patrol officials in Calexico on April 30.
Vice President Mike Pence, center, meets with Border Patrol officials in Calexico on April 30. (John Gibbons / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Vice President Mike Pence called former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of federal contempt of court last year, a “champion of … the rule of law" and said he was honored that Arpaio attended an event with him on Tuesday in Tempe, Ariz.

President Trump pardoned Arpaio last year after he was found in contempt of court, a misdemeanor, for ignoring a federal judge's order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of having entered the U.S. illegally. Arpaio is now running for the Republican nomination to succeed the retiring Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.

During remarks at an event in on tax cuts, Pence acknowledged Arpaio was in the room, suggesting he had not expected to see the former Maricopa County sheriff.