Hillary Clinton reportedly backed out of an interview with journalist Ronan Farrow when she learned he was working on the story of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist revealed the details of the attempted interview during his appearance on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
In response to a question from host George Stephanopoulos about what he found surprising in his conversations with America’s top diplomats, Farrow noted that “one of the most surprising beats was how hard it was to get some people on the record.”
“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,’” he recalled.
“[They] sounded very concerned,” Farrow added. “Tried to cancel that interview.”
“Over the Weinstein stuff?” Stephanopoulos, who worked in former President Bill Clinton’s administration, asked. “I’m surprised at that.”
“Over the Weinstein stuff,” Farrow replied.
Missing an obvious journalistic opportunity, Stephanopoulos dropped the topic and moved on in the interview.
Weinstein, a friend of the Clintons and longtime campaign donor for Hillary Clinton, was exposed for allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in a stunning report by Farrow that was published by The New Yorker. His reporting on Weinstein recently garnered Farrow a Pulitzer Prize.
While the initial interview with Clinton was canceled, according to Mediaite, Farrow was able to interview her at a later date for his book, “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence,” which was the product of Farrow’s interviews with every other living U.S. secretary of state.
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