Although most of the country considers Donald Trump’s “hush money” payouts involving his former “fixer” Michael Cohen to be sex scandals, Fox News host Shep Smith laid the idea to rest Friday afternoon.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Rebecca Davis O’Brien, the reporter who broke the story that the longtime Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg was summoned before a grand jury, Smith noted that the hush money story has been misconstrued.
“It’s important, though we know this, to remember and report often that this is not an investigation, a story of, an unfolding drama of a man’s personal dealings outside of his job — this is not a story about that,” the host said.
“The issue here is: did the president in an effort to sway the results of the 2016 election commit a federal crime when he gave hush money or directed the hush money be given to women that were accusing him of things and might hurt him in the eyes of the public before they went to vote,” Smith continued.
“This is not about sex,” he concluded. “This is about trying to influence the vote. That could be serious.”
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