In recent weeks, a candidate for mayor of New York City has admitted to investigating two of Ailes’ accusers on behalf of Fox, while an aspiring Virginia politician has been accused in court of orchestrating online smear campaigns at the behest of Fox executives. Meanwhile, several people familiar with the arrangements have told Politico that President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and longtime confidant Roger Stone coordinated with Ailes to monitor and undermine the ousted Fox chief’s perceived adversaries.
“The question in the Fox scandal is not, ‘Who did what?’ It’s, ‘How close were you to anybody who did anything?’” says Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic strategist based in New York. “This is the boiling hot pot of politics. … Anybody who touches it is going to be get burned.”