WH comms official, ex-Fox News exec questioned in sexual harassment probe: report

WH comms official, ex-Fox News exec questioned in sexual harassment probe: report
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New White House communications official and former Fox News president Bill Shine was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury last year in the probe into Fox News’ handling of sexual harassment allegations, The New York Times reported Friday.

The newspaper reported that Shine did not testify before the grand jury in New York, but voluntarily interviewed with federal prosecutors.

Shine was a person of interest in the criminal probe into Fox New’s handling of the sexual misconduct complaints. Several women at the network claimed that he played a role in covering up alleged sexual misconduct claims against late Fox News chair Roger Ailes.

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Ailes denied the claims until his death in May 2017. Shine has denied any wrongdoing in the case.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment to The Times.

Shine joined the White House last month as deputy chief of staff for communications.

Some White House officials had worried that he would draw attention to claims of sexual harassment made against the president given his alleged involvement in the Fox News sexual misconduct cases. His appointment has also raised attention to racially charged tweets posted by his wife, Darla Shine.