Ronan Farrow: Clinton Tried to Cancel Interview Because I Was Investigating Weinstein


In a Wednesday interview with ABC News, journalist Ronan Farrow reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to cancel an interview when staffers learned he was working on the story that ultimately exposed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual assault.

Farrow served in the Barack Obama administration and was appointed by Clinton to serve as Director of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues. But after scheduling an interview with Clinton for his new book War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, for which he interviewed a number of State Department officials, her people tried to call the whole thing off.

"Hillary Clinton had scheduled an interview while I was at the height of the Weinstein reporting, and her folks got in touch and said, ‘we hear you’re working on a big story,’ sounded very concerned, and tried to cancel that interview," Farrow said on "Good Morning America."

"Over the Weinstein stuff?" host George Stephanopoulos asked.

"Over the Weinstein stuff," Farrow confirmed.

Stephanopoulos, who also served as press secretary to Hillary's husband, Bill Clinton, said he found that surprising. "It was surprising," agreed Farrow.

Weinstein was a major donor and bundler for Democratic causes. Clinton, Obama, and other major Democrats later denounced the famous producer once his history of sexual assault and harassment came to light, although Clinton supporter and actress Lena Dunham claims she warned the Clinton campaign about Weinstein's behavior before he was exposed.

Alex Griswold

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