“I now believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake,” the ABC News anchor says
George Stephanopoulos apologized on-air Friday for not disclosing his $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation between 2012-2014.
“I now believe directing personal donations to that foundation was a mistake,” he said, making sure to note that he he did so for the right reasons — helping to fight diseases like AIDS and protecting the environment.
Stephanopoulos came under fire Thursday when it was revealed he donated to the Clinton’s global foundation without disclosing the fact to ABC or viewers before interviewing conservative author Peter Schweizer, whose book “Clinton Cash” alleges shady financial dealings coming out of the foundation.
During that interview, Stephanopoulos grilled Schweizer without disclosing that he himself had donated to the foundation.
After conservative pushback against the ABC anchor on Thursday — including presidential candidate Rand Paul, who said Stephanopoulos should recuse himself from moderating 2016 presidential debates — Stephanopoulos announced he would not moderate ABC’s February debate amongst Republican candidates.
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