Fox News Anchor Says Donald Trump Faces 'Real Possibility of Criminal Exposure' Based on Cohen Testimony

Fox News may often be a safe space for Donald Trump in the face of regular attacks from other mainstream news outlets, but respected anchor Chris Wallace offered the president little solace Wednesday during Michael Cohen's explosive congressional testimony.

Cohen, Trump's former longtime personal lawyer and "fixer, leveled numerous damaging accusations against the president in his appearance before the House Oversight Committee. Among his statements, Cohen said he could not discuss what he discussed with Trump during his last conversation with the president because it was part of an ongoing criminal probe.

"Unfortunately this topic is actually something that's being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York, and I've been asked by them not to discuss and not to talk about these issues," Cohen said.

When Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi pressed Cohen on whether there were further acts of wrongdoing that he had not brought forward, he replied: "Yes, and again, those are part of the investigation currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York."

Appearing on Fox News, Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that it was that comment that stood out for him during the lengthy testimony.

"It may not get the most attention, but I thought the most explosive piece of information was the fact that there is an ongoing criminal investigation by the Southern District of New York—those are the local prosecutors in Manhattan, not the special counsel—about possible crimes involving President Trump," Wallace said.

"And that Michael Cohen is participating under that investigation, and in fact, has been told by prosecutors there are certain things he can't discuss," he continued. "So that raises the real possibility of criminal exposure—not to say that he's been indicted or charged with anything—but the potential of criminal exposure for President Trump in the Southern District of New York. The real news here today is what was learned about Donald Trump. And while lot of it doesn't have proof or corroboration, there was definitely some smoke here."

Fox News' senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, meanwhile, said that the list of crimes of which Cohen has accused Trump continues to grow.

"So if Cohen is being truthful and if the government can corroborate what he said today, there's at least four potential felonies of which he has accused the President of the United States," Napolitano said.

Ahead of the hearing, the White House repeatedly tried to discredit Cohen, emphasizing that he will soon be beginning a three-year prison sentence for lying to Congress. Cohen insisted he lied on the direction of and to protect Trump.