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Reid told Democratic Senators about GOP insult: Backs Durbin version in flap
WASHINGTON–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told a gathering of Democratic senators that a GOP House leader said in a private meeting with President Barack Obama he could not stand to look at him–an exchange reported by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and denied by the White House. The Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery and Ryan Grim confirmed this exchange with two Democratic senators at the meeting and two Senate Democratic aides. I confirmed this with one Democratic aide who told me about Reid’s remarks at a meeting with the Democratic senators last Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney flatly contradicted Durbin on Wednesday, saying Durbin’s assertion on his Facebook page that a GOP House leader told the president he could not stand looking at him “did not happen.” My column on the Durbin/White House controversy is HERE. The Huffington Post story is HERE.
The GOP lawmaker in question is Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). His office is denying that he made the comment.