Hacked Email: Did Steve Harvey Let Hillary Script Her Own Interview?
In February 2016, when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was locked in a tense primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the former secretary of state appeared on the Steve Harvey Show in an interview during which she was asked about her personal life and her campaign.
However, Harvey and his staff may have coordinated with Clinton's campaign on the format and questions posed in the interview, according to a leaked February 17 email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
“We coordinated closely with the show’s producers on the script and format of the show," a memo from Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney and another aide, to the candidate attached to the email read.
The outlet reported that Harvey himself worked closely with the Clinton campaign to "craft the structure of the interview" and that there was collaboration between the parties on wording of questions.
The memo also noted that Harvey's program was conventionally a "light" interview setting, suggesting that Clinton would not be grilled on any policy topics, including gun control and racial issues.
The Free Beacon report said Clinton was also privy to questions Harvey was to ask for a March TV special on the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
Clinton's campaign reportedly saw Harvey's interview as a key way to reach out to women and African-Americans in the electorate.
The email itself was reportedly originally posted online by hackers allegedly connected to Russia.
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