Fox Anchor Bret Baier Points Out Trump Hasn’t Been ‘100 Percent Truthful’ On Hush Payments

Baier didn't go so far as to say the president has been straight-up lying, but he walked right up to the line.

After his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal finance violations and implicated him in hush payments made to two women prior to the 2016 election, President Donald Trump once again changed his story about those payments. Speaking to Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt, the president said that he knew about the payment “later on,” causing the Washington Post’s Fact Checker to call out Trump for lying about the Stormy Daniels arrangement over the past few months.

During a segment with Fox News’ Sandra Smith Friday, Special Report anchor Bret Baier would go as far as the Post in terms of describing the president as a liar. But he walked right up to that line.

“In the middle of all of, this and with the Fox News interview with the president yesterday morning saying that he didn’t know until after the payments were made,” Smith noted after discussing the bombshell news that Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg was given immunity by federal prosecutors in the Cohen probe. “That was called into question because originally he said he didn’t know about them at all. Right, Bret?”

“Yeah, I mean, the president’s rollout of explaining this has not been clear,” Baier responded. “The Washington Post says it’s a flat out lie in their fact-checking. I think you could look back at the statements and clearly he was not 100 percent truthful as he laid that out. You’ve got his answer to Ainsley Earhardt saying he knew later on.”

The anchor went on to explain that on the flip side of things, there were reports that Cohen was willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew about the infamous Trump Tower meeting in advance, something Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis has denied.

“So, I think you have a lot of anonymous sources saying a number of things,” he concluded. “What we have to go on is what people are saying to the cameras and by name and you have now a situation where more and more people are being kind of rounded up and used in this investigation to what end I think we have to find out.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

[H/T Mediaite]

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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