Fox’s Bret Baier Called An Indictment Of The Clinton Foundation ‘Likely’
On Friday, Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized for misleading remarks which seemed to imply an indictment of the Clinton Foundation was forthcoming. Baier had called an indictment for operating alleged pay-to-pay schemes “likely” while on the air.
“That just wasn’t inartful, it was a mistake,” Baier told Jon Scott of Happening Now, “and for that I’m sorry. I should have said they will continue to build their case”.
“All the time, but especially in a heated election on a topic this explosive, every word matters — no matter how well-sourced. Which brings me to this: I explained a couple of times yesterday the phrasing of one of my answers to Brit Hume on Wednesday night, saying it was inartful the way I answered the question about whether the investigations would continue after the election. And I answered that, yes, our sources said it would, they would continue to likely an indictment. Well that wasn’t just inartful. It was a mistake. And for that, I’m sorry.”
“Indictment’ is obviously a very loaded word, Jon, especially in this atmosphere, and no one knows if there would or would not be an indictment, no matter how strong investigators feel their evidence is.”
Though it is clear Baier didn’t intend for his words to be taken literally, a number of political outlets reported the supposedly forthcoming indictment as fact. Donald Trump himself cited Baier’s report at a campaign rally this week in Florida. According to The Hill, he told a crowd of supporters that “the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of State.” He continued:
“In other words, the FBI is investigating how Hillary Clinton put the office of secretary of State up for sale in violation of federal law.”