Scarborough Questions Timing of House Intel Announcement: Attempt to Distract From Porn Star

By Susan Jones | March 13, 2018 | 8:59 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe." (Photo: Screen grab)

(CNSNews.com) - To Trump haters, anything the president does lately is done with one goal in mind: to knock the Stormy Daniels story out of the headlines.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Tuesday morning questioned why Republicans on the House intelligence committee abruptly announced on Monday that their investigation into Russian interference has all but ended, with no evidence of collusion found on the part of either the Trump campaign or the Hillary Clinton campaign.

"I ask the question, why the timing now?" Scarborough said on Tuesday's show. "It's really a leading question," he admitted, "because you could have asked this same question -- why did Donald Trump rush into that meeting with the South Koreans when he wasn't even supposed to be in there and immediately started blabbing about wanting to get together with Kim Jong-un.

 

"What did he not want on the front page of the newspaper?" Scarborough asked. "He didn't want the Stormy Daniels story on the front page of the newspaper. Do you think the White House might have called to put some pressure on...the House intel committee, to randomly select yesterday to look -- or to leap before they looked?

"There was no reason for them to put this out yesterday," Scarborough continued. "They knew they were going to be making fools of themselves yesterday, but what happened yesterday? Stormy Daniels' lawyer said hey, we're giving your money back. '60 Minutes' is moving forward with its interview, and I think Stormy Daniels has figured out she can make a lot more money giving the $130,000 back, and she can say all she wants to say.

"She says she has pictures, she says she has video and everything. This story -- as friends that are watching at home -- I told you last week, and Mika told you last week, this is a story the White House wants it off the front pages of the newspapers at all times.

"So you know, Eddie," Scarborough said, turning to a frequest guest --"I just wonder if this is the latest attempt by Donald Trump to do anything possible to keep that story off the front page of the newspapers?"

"Well, I think you're absolutlely, right, Joe," Eddie Glaude dutifully responded.

Stormy Daniels is a porn star who says she was paid $130,000 by one of Trump's attorneys to keep quiet about an affair she claims to have had with him in 2006. Trump was married to Melania at the time.

Trump has denied the affair, and Daniels did too, for a while – but then Daniels changed her mind and now insists it really did happen.

She launched a strip club tour in January on the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Daniels is now suing to void a nondisclosure agreement she reportedly signed before the 2016 election. Her lawyer has told various cable outlets she's not doing this for the money...

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