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A former employee of Fox News plans to report to Congress about allegations that the point of sale was trying to keep them from talking about the stormy Daniels controversy the 2016 elections, and mentioned an exception to a non-disclosure agreement that it signed.
Elijah Cummings, chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, officially called on reporter Diana Falzone on Thursday to speak with investigators on the committee and provide papers pertaining to her attempts to report on Daniel's allegations that Michael Cohen, the former longtime lawyer by President Donald Trump, who had paid her hush-money following an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
Falzone lawyer Nancy Erika Smith told MSNBC on Thursday night that Falzone will now comply with an exemption from its NDA with Fox News.
"The law requires you to be allowed to participate in a state invitation of bribery – and no NDA can stop it," Smith said to "The Beat with Ari Melber" (19659007). Cummings & # 39; s letter calls for an interview with Falzone and all documents regarding Trump's payments, "to silence women who allegedly use extramarital affairs with him to silence the presidential elections in 2016" and "all actions against [Falzone] in connection with the attempts to report such stories.
The New Yorker reported in March that Fox News prevented Falzone from reporting on Daniels' allegations during the election to protect Trump, whom Fox denies. A former manager of Fox News also claims the story has been deferred because it is not journalistic, not because of political agenda.
In her interview with the MSNBC, Smith expressly rejected this report, calling it a "lie" not the person who prevented the release of Falzone.
"We'll see what the evidence shows how Fox reacted to this story," Smith added.
"She had the amount, she had the company name in which the original settlement was named, she had the data on the matter," Davidson said, "and she asked me these details to confirm.
Cummings' letter comes days after Smith publicly suggested that Congress could help their client by performing a legitimate end run on their NDA with Fox N.
"Maybe Congress should summon my client and all of his records," Smith said in an interview with MSNBC, "and then we'll see exactly what Fox News had."
Many NDA agreements contain provisions that largely prevent public comment, but still provide exceptions to compliance with criminal and regulatory investigations. Falzone has not published the text of their NDA.
Many legal experts say a legitimate congressional request exceeds a typical NDA, and even if an NDA has attempted to prohibit such collaboration, courts are unlikely to punish anyone for a valid investigation request for information.
University of Florida law professor Mark Fenster, a transparency expert, says courts usually suspend an NDA if a person "responds to a properly issued congressional summons."
Orly Lobel, labor law expert At the University of San Diego law school, Falzone said he could "tell her story without hesitation" if she responded to a legitimate congressional request, as this was a "public matter" issue.
Fox News did not respond immediately to a request for comment on Cummings' request.
Other members of Congress have also dealt with the question.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Member of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted about his willingness to use formal congressional requests from the Trump administration for "silencing" people to free.
"The use of NDAs to intimidate and silence government officials and other potential whistleblowers is deeply disturbing," Lieu added in a statement.