ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did a ‘This Week’ interview with Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, and in it, he acted as if he was Hillary’s Clinton’s defense lawyer cross-examining an adverse witness as he repeatedly interrupted and argued with Schweizer.
Now we know, thanks to WikiLeaks, what many long suspected: ABC’s lead anchor was very possibly working off talking points provided by Hillary for America. At least a Clinton campaign staffer boasted Stephanopoulos “refuted” Schweizer “mostly based on our work.”
Without irony, during the 2015 TV spot, Stephanopoulos tried to discredit Schweizer: “The Democrats have said this is indication of your partisan interest.”
Washington Times reporter Douglas Ernst caught the e-mails in one of the WikiLeaks disclosures, quoting Jesse Ferguson of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign’s press office: “Great work everyone. This interview is perfect. He lands nothing and everything is refuted (mostly based on our work).”
The contentious interview made Stephanopoulos the Washington Examiner’s “Mainstream Media Scream” recipient for April 27, 2015: “Stephanopoulos goes to bat for former boss Clinton.” He earned five out of five screams from the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
The six-part video above shows these demands from Stephanopoulos:
But you take it pretty far. You take it far and write the pattern is troubling enough to warrant further investigation by law enforcement officers. Do you have any evidence that a crime may have been committed?
As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven’t produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as Secretary that supported the interest of donors. We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison at the Sunlight Foundation, wrote this. He said: ‘There’s no smoking gun. No evidence that the changed policy based on donations to the foundation.’ ‘No smoking gun.’ Is there a smoking gun?
Beyond that, this deal was approved by a board of the government called the [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] board that is actually chaired by the Secretary of Treasury, not the Secretary of State. Eight other agencies on board, the Secretary of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed off on it. And even though the State Department was one of nine agencies to sign off on it, there’s no evidence at all that Hillary Clinton got directly involved in this decision.
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