'It's about violating campaign finance law': MSNBC host shuts down Trump fan calling Daniels’ lawsuit ‘smut’
MSNBC anchor Alex Witt and national editor of Accuracy in Media Carrie Sheffield.

MSNBC anchor Alex Witt on Saturday scolded a guest for attempting to claim that President Donald Trump's scandal involving Stormy Daniels is a "distraction" and "smut."


"How do you make sense of the president's silence on Stormy Daniels? Is it at all possible that there are more details that he may be afraid have yet to come out on this?" Witt asked Carrie Sheffield, the national editor of the conservative Accuracy In Media.

"I congratulate the president on keeping above the fray, because it's really smut, it's really beneath the dignity of the Oval Office," Sheffield claimed. "And the fact that this tweet storm by her lawyer, it's really a distraction."

"But, Carrie, can we be clear here?" Witt asked. "I'm not talking about what happened or did not happen between the sheets here."

"We're talking about violating campaign finance law or anything else that may come as a result of an investigation here," Witt explained. "So when you talk about something beyond the smut you're referring to, campaign finance being broken, those laws, isn't that something we should be talking about?"

"Sure, if there were evidence and substance that this actually happened," Sheffield explained. "There's a lot of speculation and a lot of conservatives are upset because they see that, again, the Mueller investigation is about speculation with no results."

Special counsel Robert Mueller has secured guilty pleas from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump campaign Deputy Chairman Rick Gates, foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, Richard Pinedo and Alex van der Zwaan. Trump campaign Chairman Paul Paul Manafort has also been charged, along with thirteen Russian citizens and three Russian entities.

"In this country we have a principle called innocent until proven guilty," she continued. "And so we see that because the Mueller investigation is coming up dry in most respects, as it relates to the president, the questions obstruction and collusion, that the media is now turning to questions of this distraction, sideshow, rabbit hole that has no substance or merit to the American people."

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