President Donald Trump (God, that still hurts to type) fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last week. It turns out, that may work out well for Fox News. How?
Sources reportedly told New York Magazine that Bharara was investigating “a number of potential crimes, including whether Fox News executives broke laws by allegedly obtaining journalists’ phone records or committed mail and wire fraud by hiding financial settlements paid to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.”
What’s more, The New York Times reports that Roger Ailes’ personal attorney, Marc Mukasey, may be considered for the job. Mukasey wouldn’t comment on whether he’d recuse himself from the case if Trump hired him.
Fox News didn’t comment on the allegations.
As previously reported, Fox News settled with Gretchen Carlson over sexual harassment claims, but she allegedly wasn’t alone in her struggle. Former on-air contributor Tamara Holder claimed she was sexually assaulted by then-vice-president of Fox News Latino, Francisco Cortes. Following an internal investigation, Cortes was fired and the network settled with Holder. They said in a statement (via The Hill), “Immediately after Ms. Holder notified Fox News of the alleged incident, the company promptly investigated the matter and took decisive action, for which Ms. Holder thanks the network.”
The network reportedly also reached a settlement with Juliet Huddy, who accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment, which he denied.
Andrea Tantaros filed her own sexual harassment claim in 2016, and it’s been reported that she rejected a seven-figure settlement offer and filed an appeal to have her case tried in court instead of arbitration. Fox News previously argued
that Tantaros’ filing was “filled with falsehoods.”