CHICAGO (CBS) — Senator Dick Durbin stands by a controversial Facebook posting and has taken it down now that the White House has discredited it, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

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Days after a White House spokesman said no House Republican told the President, “I cannot stand to even look at you” during negotiations over the government shutdown, Senator Durbin is defending his posting of the comment.

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“Two weeks ago, a staffer in the White House who was present at the meeting told me and several other senators exactly what I said verbatim, word for word. I wrote it down it was so earth-shattering,” said Durbin.

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The Democrat says the White House gave him a bad quote and denied it happened, so now the comment can come down.