Fox News host Shepard Smith said on Friday that Cohen’s admission he was directed by Trump to pay off women with “hush money” to silence them was not just about sex but could actually mean more serious problems for the president, Raw Story reports.
“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 dalliances outside of his job — this is not a story about that,” the host said on his show.
Smith then zeroed in on the seriousness of potential charges against the president.
“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 who were accusing him of things and might be able to hurt him in the eyes of the public before the public went to vote?”
He pointed out that Cohen’s guilty plea, in which he implicated Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator, could be very serious problem for the White House. He concluded by saying that “this isn’t about any sex.”
Cohen admitted to a judge that he paid two women, one an adult-film actress and the second a former Playboy model, at then-candidate Trump’s orders “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.”
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