GOP lawmaker says party is being 'pretty damn silent' on Stormy Daniels controversy

Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentCNN celebrates correspondents' weekend with New Orleans-themed brunch The Hill's Morning Report - Government is funded, but for how long? Ex-GOP lawmaker says his party is having a 'Monty Python' moment on shutdown MORE (R-Pa.) said late Tuesday he thinks it's important for President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE to set a good example, adding that he's not sure how a lot of evangelicals are able to "reconcile" their support for him.

"I don't know how many in the evangelical community can reconcile some of their positions at this moment," Dent, who is not seeking reelection, told CNN when asked during an interview about the ongoing controversy regarding Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

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"They seem to be more concerned about someone who embraces their policies on a public level as opposed to maybe living by a personal code that they would find objectionable."

He later brought up his party's reaction to the controversy surrounding former President Clinton in the 1990s.

“A lot of folks were pretty darn alarmed and outraged and had a strong voice about it, saying ‘character counts,’” Dent said.

“Now that the shoe’s on the other foot, a lot of those same folks are pretty damn silent.”

He added that he believes the allegations made by Daniels are credible.

"When people elected Donald Trump, I think they realized they were not electing a choir boy and so I think she's credible," he said during the interview.

His comments come after "60 Minutes" on Sunday aired its highly anticipated interview with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Daniels filed a lawsuit earlier this month to void a nondisclosure agreement that her attorney argues is invalid because Trump did not sign the document.

Her lawyer is now asking a federal judge in California for permission to question Trump on the nondisclosure agreement.