Ari Fleischer Defends Trump’s National Enquirer Hush Money Scandal by Bringing Up Benghazi


Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer compared a tabloid company paying hush money to kill a story on one of President Donald Trump‘s alleged affairs to the time 60 Minutes delayed releasing an interview with Barack Obama, which was on Benghazi, until right before the 2012 election.

“On the AMI issue, if Donald Trump directed it, it’s probably problematic,” Fleischer said on Fox News today, referencing American Media Inc., who own David Pecker’s National Enquirer tabloid, paying ex-Playboy Karen McDougal to keep quiet just ahead of the 2016 election.

“Let me also say, the idea of media corporations not playing a role in campaigns is a joke. Does anybody remember when 60 Minutes suppressed information about Barack Obama, contradicting what he said in one of the presidential debates about Benghazi being caused by terrorism?” he continued. “60 Minutes sat on that, didn’t make that information public, that he was contradicted in their interview. They suppressed the news until the day before the 2012 election. Media companies do play roles in elections, and everybody knows it.”

After one guest stated the obvious rebuttal — “Obama did not pay 60 Minutes and CBS not to run that story” — Fleischer actually doubled down, mocking “the idea that a media corporation doesn’t do this.”

“Donald Trump is right, the people are targeting him and going after him for things they would not target other,” he added.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York said that Trump ordered his lawyer Michael Cohen, as well as AMI, to make two illegal six-figure payments to women alleging affairs to keep them quiet weeks before the 2016 election.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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