You made me want to kill myself!

— Amanda to Olivia, Dirty Little Secrets

Amanda Lynn Tanner is a former White House intern who asserted she had an affair with the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant.


The character of Amanda Tanner was a supporting character for the first season of the series. Her character was briefly referred to in a few episodes at the end of the second season.


Amanda started off as a campaign worker for Sally Langston when Sally was running against Fitz Grant for the Republican primary election. It was then that her romantic relationship with Billy Chambers started. (The Trail)

Two-years later after President Fitzgerald Grant was elected to office Amanda claimed to have had an affair with the him. After he denied that he had an affair to both his Chief of Staff, Cyrus Beene and former White House Communications Director, Olivia Pope, she believed him.

A few days later, after learning some new facts, Olivia confronts the President and realizes that their past relationship has clouded her judgement and she was wrong. Olivia has a gut feeling that Amanda is not lying and decides to take her on as a client. (Sweet Baby)

Amanda is being hounded by a reporter from the DC Sun, Gideon Wallace. But Olivia, with the assistance of her newest associate Quinn Perkins, keep Gideon away from Amanda.

Olivia brings Amanda to her apartment to keep her out of the public eye. When she asks Amanda if she has any proof that she had a sexual relationship with the president Amanda initially holds back, but later reveals that she is pregnant with a baby that is assumed to be President Grant's. (Hell Hath No Fury / Enemy of the State)

A couple of weeks later, Amanda gets abducted from Olivia's apartment and killed by a former CIA agent and enemy of Huck's, Charlie. After her body is found in the river, it turns out that the baby was in fact not President Grant's. (Crash and Burn)

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rosen along with his assistant, Alissa, dig into Amanda's murder. With Alissa's knowledge of women and who'd they'd choose to sleep with, they comb through pictures of male White House employees, coming up empty.

Things unfold more as it turns that Billy Chambers is the father of the baby. After Amanda's death Billy admits to Gideon that he set everything up putting all the dominoes in place for his story; for President Grant take the fall, all so Billy could get his boss, Vice President Sally Langston to be President of the United States. (The Trail)

It turns out the person who hired Charlie to kill Amanda, initially assumed to be Billy, is later revealed to actually be Cyrus Beene(Grant: For the People)



Billy Chambers



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