George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Monday that there will "unquestionably be grounds for impeachment" if a New Yorker report that U.S. President Donald Trump ordered former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn to pressure the Department of Justice to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger proves right.
"If proven, such an attempt to use presidential authority to seek retribution for the exercise of First Amendment rights would unquestionably be grounds for impeachment," Conway, who is a respected attorney, tweeted.
The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer reported that Trump complained to both then-chief of staff John Kelly and Cohn that the merger had yet to be blocked during a 2017 Oval Office meeting.
“I’ve been telling Cohn to get this lawsuit filed and nothing’s happened! I’ve mentioned it fifty times," Trump reportedly said. "And nothing’s happened. I want to make sure it’s filed. I want that deal blocked!”
Mayer’s bombshell report also says that FoxNews.com reporter Diana Falzone had “obtained proof” and multiple verifications of Trump’s affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. Falzone reportedly had emails between Daniels’s lawyer and Cohen about the hush payment and nondisclosure agreement to keep Daniels from speaking out.
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The report was never published, according to The New Yorker, with former Fox News executive Ken LaCorte telling Falzone to "let it go" - before she was eventually demoted.
“Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert [Murdoch] wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go," LaCorte reportedly said.
Mayer also revealed insights into Murdoch’s relationship with the White House, saying that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Murdoch are very close. “Murdoch may be even closer to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner... Kushner now has an almost filial status with Murdoch, who turns eighty-eight this month, and numerous sources told me that they communicate frequently. 'Like, every day,’ one said,” according to the report.