The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Thursday that he will seek information from a former Fox News employee who was working on a story that was later killed about President Donald Trump’s financial relationship with Stormy Daniels and other women, The Hill reported.
Cummings wrote to reporter Fox reporter Diana Falzone and requested information in regard to “debts and payments to silence women alleging extramarital affairs with him prior to the 2016 presidential election,” according to a copy of the letter emailed to The Hill.
In the letter, it refers to payments that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, made to various women, and requests that Falzone contribute information that she uncovered that would speak to potential campaign finance violations.
“All documents in your or your agent’s custody, control, or possession referring or relating to women alleging extramarital affairs with Donald Trump, payments by the President or anyone on his behalf to silence them, or any other potential campaign finance violation” would be subject to the chairman’s request, the letter states according to The Hill.
Along with a request for documentation that the reporter might have, the Oversight committee also requested an in-person interview with Falzone, who has reached a settlement with Fox News which would prevent her from speaking about the story.
Fox News has yet to respond to The Hill with a comment about the incident, according to The Hill’s report.
“The New Yorker reported that Falzone was told by her then-boss at Fox, Ken LaCorte, that the network’s owner Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to win the election, and therefore the story was killed,” The Hill reported.
“Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert [Murdoch] wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go,” LaCorte reportedly said, according to The New Yorker.
The network has contradicted the characterization made about them and said that due to the date of the interaction that the network would not have had enough facts to report on Stormy Daniels claims against the president.