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Tucker Carlson: Chris Cuomo coached Michael Cohen to give successful CNN interview, tapes show

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/10/2020 Anthony Leonardi
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson released a tape that further revealed the dynamic between CNN host Chris Cuomo and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

On Wednesday, Carlson criticized the CNN host for manufacturing "scripted drama, written for the benefit of the Democratic Party" by preparing Cohen to give a successful interview on the network regarding President Trump's alleged hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

"I think the way this conversation goes is almost exactly the way we’re having it right now. Which is, where I say, ‘This looks shady,’ and you say, ‘It looks shady to you because you’re coming in with a specific intention,'" Carlson said, quoting Cuomo.

"He then told Cohen how to dodge questions about a shell corporation he had used to make the Daniels payments. Quote: 'I’m not being shady,' Cuomo instructed Cohen to say. 'I was being legal, and I did it my right way. You’re wrong about the LLC. I’ve used it for other things. I have tons of LLCs. I did not form it just to do this. And even if I had, my whole point would have been to keep it quiet. But that happens to just not be true.' End quote," Carlson continued.

Carlson said Cuomo advised Cohen to threaten him with a defamation lawsuit if he "speculated" that he was "paid back by Trump or the campaign" for the alleged payments, playing the part of both the interviewer and interviewee.

"And why didn’t you just let it all come out and let the people decide? 'Because it’s not a fair process. They wouldn’t have had any of the counterfacts, and they would have had her — if she was somehow convinced to do it, and people decided to believe that her denials were somehow less true than her admissions. I didn’t want to play that game. Everything was tilted against Mr. Trump.' And that’s what it is, and then, either they'll believe, or they’ll say, 'F--- that. There’s no way he didn’t know,'" Cuomo is heard in the tape.

The recording also included Cuomo informing Cohen he'll make "some phone calls" to make sure the questions he would ask wouldn't put him in legal trouble.

The Washington Examiner reached out to CNN for comment.

Carlson has released a series of tape-recorded conversations between Cohen and Cuomo, as well as CNN CEO Jeff Zucker. The first clip released showed Cuomo dismissing internal allegations of sexual misconduct to the disgraced lawyer, advising Cohen that the "media is not your friend." Carlson later updated viewers, saying he "heard" that Cuomo might be in "trouble" with CNN after the tape aired.

"We're not sure what that means, but we hope, and we say this with total sincerity, we hope that CNN isn't thinking of firing Chris Cuomo over the tape we aired," Carlson said.

The tape is one of many that have been "floating around" for some time but never aired publicly, Carlson said, before noting that Cuomo, who is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was captured on at least one of them. The conversation reportedly spans nearly two hours.

Afterward, Carlson revealed a conversation between Cohen and Zucker, which showed the network CEO proposing the idea of a "weekly show" for Trump. In the conversation, which took place on March 10, 2016, Zucker is heard giving political advice to Cohen for then-candidate Trump.

"I think the other guys are going to gang up on him tremendously ... and I think he's going to hold his own, as he does every time. He's never lost a debate. And you know what? He's good at this ... He's going to do great," Zucker said, suggesting Trump's aides should refer to him as a "con man" so he would not be bothered by the charge on stage with Republican opponents.

Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in federal prison in December 2018, is serving the rest of his sentence in home confinement after he was briefly sent back to prison in July following his original release in May due to concerns related to the coronavirus.

In August 2018, he pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations related to facilitating hush money payments to two women who alleged romantic affairs with the president.

Tags: News, Chris Cuomo, Michael Cohen, CNN, Tucker Carlson

Original Author: Anthony Leonardi

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