US President Donald Trump has hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine as deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House said on Thursday. He held the position for less than year before resigning in May 2017.
Larry Klayman, a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor who filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clinton administration and founder of Judicial Watch, has asked federal and NY prosecutors to look into Shine's activities during his time at Fox News.
His hiring comes as Trump is increasingly putting his stamp on the West Wing, as aides with more traditional experience leave the administration.
Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. He is also now considering at least two potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees who have expressed opposition to abortion rights, has terminated the White House Council on Women and Girls, and has publicly derided a number of female journalists on the basis of their looks.
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President Trump has hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine as a senior advisor.
Shine was named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network.
Trump has been searching for a replacement for Hope Hicks, who resigned as White House communications director in February - shortly after she said to lawmakers that she occasionally told "white lies" on the president's behalf.
One of the president's sons, Donald Trump, Jr., predicted the criticism in a tweet on Thursday afternoon. According to former Fox News personalities Julie Roginsky and Andrea Tantaros, Shine was dismissive of accusations against Ailes, helped to arrange meetings between Ailes and women he had sexually harassed, and suppressed reports of misconduct. "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!"