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Fox News' Jessica Tarlov retracts statement about Tony Bobulinski’s attorneys fees

The Fox News host stated on the Wednesday edition of “The Five” that Bobulinski’s attorneys fees were being paid by a Trump SuperPAC. The network and host retracted the statement on-air Thursday.

Published: March 21, 2024 9:01pm

Impeachment witness Tony Bobulinski’s attorney wrote a letter to Fox News on Thursday threatening to sue the network and “The Five” co-host Jessica Tarlov for on-air comments he alleges are false and defamatory of his client, prompting an on-air retraction.

“Specifically, Ms. Tarlov stated that Mr. Bobulinski’s legal fees are being paid by a Trump Super PAC. This is unequivocally false and defamatory. Indeed, no Trump Super PAC has ever paid Mr. Bobulinski’s legal fees,” attorney Jesse Binnall wrote in the letter.

You can read the letter below:

Tarlov issued an on-air retraction later Thursday. "What was actually said during the hearing was that the law firm representing Mr. Bobulinski was paid by a Trump PAC. I have seen no indication those payments were made in connection with Mr. Bobulinski’s legal fees and he denies that they were," Tarlov said.

Tarlov made the allegations about Bobulinski’s lawyers fees on the Wednesday—March 20—episode of “The Five” in a segment about the first public impeachment hearing that same day, where Bobulinski testified as a witness.

“Tony Bobulinski’s lawyer’s fees have been paid by a Trump superPAC—that’s as recent as January,” Tarlov said.

“Do you think that a guy who’s invested in how much better he wants the United States to be and really getting to the bottom of this, would be taking money from the guy who extorted the Ukrainians to get dirt on the Bidens?” she added.

Binnall disputed these allegations: “In fact, Mr. Bobulinski has paid over $500,000 in legal fees to numerous lawyers in law firms out of his own pocket since 2020,” he wrote.

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