On Wednesday, according to a report by WJLA in Washington, "Barvetta Singletary, a White House staffer, resigned today following assault charges." This dramatic news, however, received scant coverage in the major media. As of Thursday morning, only The Hill and Roll Call had covered the resignation. All three reports credit an unnamed White House spokesperson for confirming the news.
WJLA provides a short summary of the facts of the case:
Tuesday, prosecutors said a White House staffer had been indicted on assault and other charges following a dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at her home.
Prince George's County say 37-year-old Singletary got into an argument with a U.S. Capitol Police officer after an alleged sexual encounter. Singletary then grabbed the officer's service weapon from a bag and fired once in his direction. No one was injured.
Singletary had been on unpaid leave since her arrest several weeks ago. Both Roll Call and The Hill note that the White House has accepted Singletary's resignation.
In contrast to the media silence regarding Singletary, the resignation of a Republican congressional staffer who had criticized President Obama's daughters on Facebook was covered extensively by major national media outlets in December 2014.