Bret Baier, the Fox News host of ‘Special Report,’ apologized on Friday for reporting that indictments were ‘likely’ in an investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
Speaking on Fox’s ‘Happening Now’ to host Jon Scott, Baier said:
“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 a 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 … We stand by the sourcing on the ongoing active investigation into the Clinton Foundation and are working to get sources with knowledge of the details on the record and on camera, hopefully today.”
Baier’s report where he said that an indictment is ‘likely’ was disputed by ABC News, NBC News, and CNN and other news outlets, although neither that nor Baier’s admission and apology stopped conservative media from picking it up.
FBI Director James Comey has come under heavy fire from mostly Democrats, but also some Republicans, for his explosive letter to Congress last Friday, with many accusing him of violating longstanding protocol within the Department of Justice, including reported internal disputes with his bosses. The continuous leaks have started rumblings that Comey is not in control of his agency, undermining his leadership.