EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated throughout.
On Thursday, hours after this story originally posted and moments before the Senate Armed Services Committee was set to hold a hearing on Anthony Tata, president Trump’s anti-Muslim nominee to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, Senate Republicans cancelled the hearing. The White House also reportedly withdrew his nomination, though a formal withdrawal could take weeks.
This is rare good news because Tata’s record should disqualify him from being an intern at the Pentagon—let alone its third highest-ranking official. But it may not be a happy ending, as the Trump administration may still try to get him in through the back door.