Flashback: Stahl Failed to Mention Herridge’s Reports When Telling Trump She ‘Can’t Put On Things We Can’t Verify’

[Image: CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge -- CBS News YouTube video screenshot. CBS's 60 Minutes Leslie Stahl -- YouTube video screenshot. 45th President Donald J. Trump -- 60 Minutes YouTube video screenshot The Freedom Times compilation].

In late October of 2020 and before the Presidential Election, 45th President Donald Trump sat down with Leslie Stahl for an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes”. Stahl dismissed claims that political operatives spied on Trump’s campaign, when he declared “the biggest scandal was when they spied on my campaign.”

“They spied on my campaign,” Trump said before Stahl told him, “There is no real evidence of that”.

“Of course there is, it’s all over the place,” Trump said as Stahl responded, “No.”

“Lesley, they spied on my campaign and they got caught,” Trump reiterated before Stahl interrupted again.

“Can I say something? You know, this is ’60 Minutes,’ and we can’t put on things we can’t verify,” Stahl claimed.

“You won’t put it on because it’s bad for Biden,” Trump shot back, which prompted Stahl to say, “We can’t put on things we can’t verify”. Video Below

Watch the brief exchange:

At the time, Trump released his own footage of the interview amid concerns that CBS News’ “60 Minutes” wouldn’t air the president’s claim that he was spied on.

The 2020 interview has since resurfaced on social media after Special Counsel John Durham filed the government’s motion to inquire into potential conflicts of interest on February 11, 2022, in the Michael Sussmann case — alleging that lawyers from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 had paid to “infiltrate” servers belonging to Trump Tower and later the White House, in order to establish an “inference” and “narrative” to bring to federal government agencies linking Donald Trump to Russia, as previously reported by The Freedom Times.

A major problem, however, with Stahl’s claim, in that CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ cannot “put on things we can’t verify”, does not pass muster and here’s why: Catherine Herridge and her highlighter.

Catherine Herridge is a CBS News senior investigative correspondent who began her role at CBS in November 2019 after leaving Fox News as Chief Intelligence correspondent. She has reported extensively over the developments surrounding reported government malfeasances on her Twitter account, and also previously on Fox News before joining CBS News. A simple search on her Twitter proves otherwise.

Before the Trump/Stahl interview aired, John Ratcliffe declassified two heavily redacted Russia-related documents in October 2020 when he was the former director of national intelligence, including handwritten notes from former CIA Director John Brennan, which revealed he briefed then-President Barack Hussein Obama in 2016 on an unverified Russian intelligence report. Continued Below

The report claimed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned in July 2016 on tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee to distract from her improper use of a private email server, Swamp Drain reported.

CBS News’ Herridge reported over the matter, weeks before the interview with Stahl and Trump.

Herridge noted on Monday the information is “still relevant 16 months after first declassified by then DNI John Ratcliffe”.

Why is this important? Mr. Ratcliffe explained this week:

Herridge noted also in October 2020 that Ratcliffe “provided almost 1,000 pages of materials” to Special Counsel John Durham.

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She also reported on Durham’s latest filing on Sunday:

Herridge reported, “May 16, 2022 Jury trial date set for Michael Sussmann — accused of lying to FBI General Counsel in 2016”.

We leave you with much more of Herridge’s unbiased and relevant reporting:

Herridge also pointed out that it “always pays to read the footnotes”.

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