Ex-Fox News reporter who says bosses stopped her from revealing Trump’s Stormy Daniels payoff BEFORE the election will give Congress proof, her lawyer says
- Attorney for Diana Falzone says she will comply with the document request
- She said the congressional inquiry Trumps a non-disclosure agreement
- She reportedly was on to the Stormy Daniels story
- The New Yorker reported Falzone had been working the story since March 2016
- Had obtained contract, emails, and confirmed information with Daniels’ rep
- She was demoted in 2017 and sued Fox where she had worked as a reporter for FoxNews.com
A former Fox News reporter plans to share documents with a House investigative committee demanding information about any women ‘alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump’ or hush payments to silence them, it emerged Friday.
Diana Falzone, a former FoxNews.com entertainment reporter, spent months hunting down the Stormy Daniels story in 2016, only to have network brass decide not to run a story just before the election, the New Yorker reported.
During her reporting, she confirmed the story with Daniels’ team, obtained emails between the porn star and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and even ran down the cash settlement payment (Daniels ultimately got $130,000), according to the account.
Former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone will turn over documents to Congress about her Stormy Daniels reporting because an official request trumps her own non-disclosure agreement, her lawyer said
House Oversight Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday night demanded Falzone turn over information to his panel, and Falzone’s lawyer says she will comply, citing the inquiry, not withstanding Falzone’s own non-disclosure agreement with the network, President Trump’s favorite.
‘The law requires that you be allowed to participate in any government investigation — and no NDA can stop that,’ Smith told MSNBC.
The letter seeks documents relating to President Trump’s reporting of debts and payments ‘to silence women alleging extramarital affairs with him prior to the 2016 presidential election.’
Cummings also wants documents relating to hush payments or ‘a potential campaign finance violation’ – a reference to contribution limits and disclosure laws Cohen admitted he broke by making the $130,000 payment weeks before the November 2016 elections.
Cohen in May heads to jail in part for the campaign finance violation that occurred. He testified that Trump directed him to make the payment to Daniels, and furnished checks Trump wrote him for reimbursement.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings is demanding documents about any women ‘alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump’ or hush payments, as well as documents relating to Falzone’s litigation with Fox
The Democratic-run panel is seeking aall documents relating to ‘any women ‘alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump,’ hush payments, or a potential campaign finance violation
Cummings also wants all ‘discovery materials’ connected to Falzone’s lawsuit against her former employer – a category that would presumably bring up her reporting on Daniels. He also seeks materials on ‘any action taken against you in connection with attempts to report on such stories’ – a reference to her firing, which Falzone claims was connected to her reporting.
Cummings is also seeking to interview Falzone, and requests an answer within weeks.
The lawyer, Smith, on MSNBC Thursday night termed Fox’s response, that the Stormy Daniels story was not ready for publication, a ‘lie.’
“We’ll see what the evidence shows about how Fox reacted to this story,’ she said.
Earlier, Smith had floated the idea of a congressional subpoena to flush out the information.
‘Maybe Congress should subpoena my client and all of her records. and then we will see exactly what Fox News had.
‘A valid government investigation also trumps an NDA,’ she told MSBNC’s Ari Melber. She called it an exception and said she would comply.
She also said her client would participate in an interview.
‘We expect that perhaps the sources of Jane Mayer’s article in the New Yorker were very good sources,’ Smith said, although she said the sources were not her client.
President Donald Trump tweeted about Fox News programs twice on Friday. His former deputy chief of staff, was a top Fox News executive. However Shine abruptly resigned last week and joined Trump’s campaign.