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The Criminal Probe of Fox News is Growing

Written by SK Ashby

Federal prosecutors and a federal grand jury are reviewing accusations that Fox News hid settlements with women who accused Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly from company shareholders, but according to CNN the federal investigation has expanded in scope.

There may be something far more shady Roger Ailes hid from the company and the public and the United States Postal Inspection Service, which handles mail and wire fraud, has joined the investigation.

Investigators have also been asking questions about mysterious confidants of Ailes -- people who were known inside Fox as "friends of Roger."

Ailes, through Fox News, employed a number of longtime friends as consultants, for purposes that remain unknown. One of the consultants earned $10,000 a month by submitting a monthly invoice to Fox. [...]

Some of the people interviewed by investigators have been asked about these "friends of Roger" and what they did behind the scenes at Fox.

These mysterious "friends of Roger" could be tied to accusations that Fox spied on its own employees and used sockpuppets to harass them on social media, or it could be something else entirely.

You have to question the competence and sanity of 21st Century Fox executives who allowed Roger Ailes to employ shadowy agents who were paid $10,000 a month for unknown purposes. That's a lot of money to pay someone whose activity remains anonymous.

What the hell were they doing? Where did that money really go?