Transcript for Jake Tapper on payment to Stormy Daniels
We're back with Jake tapper. Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael avenatti says payments made to Michael Cohen could have come from a company connected to a Russian billionaire. What do you say to that? The Mueller team has reviewed this oligarch, and the subsidiary gave Michael Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars. As if others, novartis, and AT&T. What were they paying for, and what's the explanation? They say, is Michael avenatti on television too much? Maybe for some people's taste, but this story has legs and something is going on with this LLC. It's not illegal. What were they paying for? That's the question. It's not illegal. They don't know what it is. I know what I'm supposed to ask. Tell me about the book. So the book is called "The hellfire club." Right. It's a thriller that takes place in Washington, D.C. In 1954. So the main characters, Charlie and Margaret. She is a new congressman and she is his very strong zoologist wife, and it's believable then, and it was swampier then. And the presence of Joe Mccarthy, and the questions about how come more people aren't standing up to Joe Mccarthy, and calling for truth and decency? Questions we hear today. There are Republicans and Democrats who do so, but not enough perhaps. Quickly, what made you decide that that was going to be the avenue? Well, I thought that first of all, it would be fun to write a thriller about Washington, D.C., and it would be fun to do so in a different era so not everyone was judging things through today's lens, and it could be judged on its own, and I thought it would be fun to have senator John F. Kennedy, and Mccarthy, and Eisenhower as characters in a book. There are a few things I have seen in Washington about the swamp, and how people go to Washington to do good, and some of them end up compromising bit by bit, and they are up to their neck in swamp water. That's interesting in the evolution of the book with the characters. We see it happen to people who are good, and you look up, and they are on the television saying something, and you're, like, what are you doing? I don't care if he lies or doesn't lie. It's great to see you. Everybody in our audience is
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