The sexual assault claims against President Trump have taken a shocking turn now that he has an unexpected defender: Bill O’Reilly.
In an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio program, the former Fox News host made a sensational claim. According to O’Reilly, his team of investigators discovered a tape in which a lawyer offers a woman $200,000 to “accuse Donald Trump of untoward behavior.”
O’Reilly didn’t specify how his investigators came into possession of the tape, but he affirmed its existence.
“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.”
He also gave his opinion that the sexual allegations against the President are the first of a major “assault” against President Trump.
Beck asked O’Reilly if the tapes will be released, to which the he replied:
“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 also claimed the President himself knows of the tape’s existence.
“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.”
The TV news icon emphasized: “It will change the whole discussion if it ever gets out.”
The White House has not commented on O’Reilly’s claims. Yet.