Even the Huffington Post is acknowledging the seriousness of the news that the Clinton Foundation accepted $12 million from the King of Morocco as quid pro quo for hosting a meeting in the country.
After Fox News host Chris Wallace put Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on his heels with the news, HuffPo blared the headline: “Fox News Just Landed A Brutal, Clean Hit On Hillary Clinton’s Campaign.”
Clinton agreed to speak at an event the Clinton Foundation would host in Morocco in exchange for the $12 million, but sent her husband Bill and daughter Chelsea instead after her campaign aides worried it would look bad so close to the launch of her 2016 presidential bid. The exchange came to light in hacked emails released by Wikileaks and uncovered by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Why wasn’t that classic pay-to-play?” Wallace asked Mook in the Fox News confrontation that got HuffPo’s attention. Mook responded by reciting a series of campaign talking points and pivots, such as the fact that the emails were allegedly hacked by the Russians and the classic, “there’s nothing new here” approach.
The exchange prompted an amazing sentence in HuffPo’s story pointing out that the revelations are in fact newsworthy.
“The federal government has indeed supported the Clinton campaign’s claims that the Russian government intercepted Podesta’s emails and passed them on to WikiLeaks,” Zach Carter writes in the piece. “But the revelations about the Clinton Foundation and the paid speeches both Hillary and Bill Clinton negotiated as she navigated her presidential bid have nevertheless been newsworthy.”
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