The Home Oversight Committee on Thursday formally requested documents from Diana Falzone, a former Fox News correspondent who apparently was working on a story about a possible affair involving Donald Trump prior to the 2016 governmental election but allegedly was informed to lay off since the network wanted Trump to win.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), is asking that Falzone turn over to his panel any files “relating to females alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump, payments by the President or anyone on his behalf to silence them, or any prospective campaign financing offense.”
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Falzone supposedly had details on Trump’s declared adulterous affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and the National Enquirer’s function in keeping Daniels peaceful more than a year before the news broke. She has been prevented from speaking publicly about those declares since of a nondisclosure agreement tied to her departure from Fox News.
Nancy Erika Smith, Falzone’s lawyer, said in an interview that her customer would comply with Cummings’ demand.
“A federal government questions likewise trumps an NDA,” Erika Smith stated, echoing the remarks she made to MSNBC host Ari Melber earlier in the night, after telling Melber on Monday that a subpoena would be needed to break the NDA.
Falzone filed a lawsuit against Fox News in Might 2017, alleging discrimination. The following March, it was announced that the parties had reached a settlement and that she no longer was working for Fox News.
Falzone was called in the investigative journalist Jane Mayer’s current New Yorker exposé about Trump and his relationship with Fox News. The article said Falzone had validated the information of Trump’s relationship with Daniels, as well as the National Enquirer’s role in a “catch and eliminate” plan to pay off Daniels and keep her peaceful prior to the election. If Falzone did have the reporting to verify the Trump-Daniels story, it could have led to a potentially damaging pre-election report, more than a year prior to The Wall Street Journal broke the news.
A previous Fox News editor, Ken LaCourte, likewise named in the New Yorker report, is stated to have informed Falzone that her story was being killed because “Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So simply let it go” — a recommendation to Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., which owns Fox News. LaCourte denies the claim, and in a post on Mediaite composed that he eliminated Falzone’s story because it “wasn’t close to being publishable.”