Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly doubled down on a claim he made months ago during an interview with Glenn Beck regarding existence of an audiotape with an “anti-Trump attorney” offering $200,000 to a woman during the 2016 presidential race in exchange for false sexual harassment claims against Donald Trump.
“It exists,” he told Newsmax at the time. “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.”
You can listen to O’Reilly’s full interview with Beck below.
Does the tape really exist?
“There is an audiotape of an anti-Trump person offering $200,000 to a woman to accuse Donald Trump of untoward behavior,” O’Reilly said.
Given that the audiotape has yet to be released, Beck asked O’Reilly when/if it would be. A torn O’Reilly replied that he “may have to go to the U.S. attorney” himself.
“I don’t want to have to do that and inject myself into the story … but I had my lawyer listen to the tape,” O’Reilly said. “There are at least three crimes on the tape. So as a citizen, I may have to do this.”
Who has the tape?
The tape, however, is not in O’Reilly’s possession. He claims it is with “someone who knows the seriousness of this situation.”
Then, when Beck inquired as to whether this mysterious someone would release the tape to the public, O’Reilly replied, “I can’t really get into that at this point, but I can tell you, Donald Trump knows about the tape.”
“And I, for the life of me, am sitting here going, ‘Why on Earth are you allowing a movement to try to smear you when you have such a powerful piece of evidence that shows this is an industry — that there are false charges and money changing hands?’,” he continued.
Listen to the entire interview below…
I suppose only time will tell, but has O’Reilly finally reached a breaking point? Will he obtain a copy of the tape from this mysterious someone and release it to the public? Stay tuned.