Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow revealed Wednesday that former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton backed out of an interview while Farrow was in the thick of his investigative reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
What's the background?
Weinstein, a friend of the Clintons, formerly donated to various Clinton campaigns and causes on a long-term basis.
Several days after news of the Weinstein scandal broke, Clinton broke her long silence and issued a rather tepid statement distancing herself from her embattled and disgraced Hollywood donor friend.
In her statement, Clinton said, "I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein."
"The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated," the statement added. "Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."
What did Farrow say?
During a Wednesday interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America," Farrow said that Clinton canceled a scheduled, preplanned interview for his new book after her staff discovered he was working on the Weinstein story that would later drop in a bombshell report published in the New Yorker.
"Hillary Clinton had scheduled an interview while I was at the height of the Weinstein reporting and her folks got in touch said, 'We hear you’re working on a big story,'" Farrow recalled.
"[They] sounded very concerned," he added. "Tried to cancel that interview."
Stephanopoulos, who worked in the administration of former President Bill Clinton, barely blinked at Farrow's accusation and responded, "Over the Weinstein stuff? I'm surprised at that," before moving on in the interview.
Ronan Farrow says he had an interview slated with Hillary Clinton for his new book but her people cancelled it when they found out he was reporting on the Harvey Weinstein story: pic.twitter.com/2gHdYK7dFg
— Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) April 25, 2018
According to Mediaite, the initial Farrow-Clinton interview was canceled, but Farrow was able to interview Clinton for his book at a later date.
Farrow spoke with Clinton for his book, "War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence," in which the journalist interviewed every other living U.S. secretary of state.