The claims against President Donald Trump have taken an interesting turn, as Bill O'Reilly has just come to his defense.
O'Reilly announced to Glenn Beck that his team of investigators uncovered a tape that has a lawyer offering a woman $200,000 to “accuse Donald Trump of untoward behavior.”
It's not clear how O'Reilly's investigators discovered the tape, but he said of the tape and its contents:
“It exists. We have urged the person who has the tape to hand it over to the U.S. attorney, because my investigative team believes there are three separate crimes on the audio tape.”
O'Reilly speculated that these allegations are the first of a major “assault” against Trump.
Beck asked O'Reilly:
“Is this tape going to be released?”
“I may have to go to the U.S. attorney myself. I don't want to have to do that and inject myself into the story, but I had my lawyer listen to the tape. ... There are at least three crimes on the tape. So as a citizen, I may have to do this.”
O'Reilly said that he doesn't know why the tape hasn't been released already, but he did tell Beck that Trump himself knows the tape exists.
O'Reilly then wondered aloud:
“Why on earth are you allowing a movement to try to smear you? When you have a powerful, and I mean it’s powerful, piece of evidence that shows this is an industry. That there are false charges and money changing hands."
“It will change the whole discussion if it ever gets out.”
Trump has proven to be adept when it comes to political attacks, and if his team does know of the tape and is holding back from discussing it publicly, it may be to ripen the political fruit it will win for them.