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Bill O'Reilly wants GOP to take it easy on Hillary Clinton because he "loathes political hit jobs" (Um...)

O'Reilly still says there are "major questions here that need to be answered"


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 24, 2015 5:15PM (UTC)

In his "Talking Points Memo" segment last night, Bill O'Reilly urged the media not to jump to conclusions about donations accepted by the Clinton foundation -- not because he believes Hillary Clinton has clean hands, but because he's been "dishonestly smeared" in the past.

After spending four minutes detailing the case against Hillary Clinton -- based on Peter Schweizer's new book "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich" -- and concluding that an official investigation must be launched, O'Reilly said that the Democratic presidential candidate deserved the benefit of the doubt.

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However, he wanted to make it "very clear" that both Bill and Hillary Clinton "are to be given the presumption of innocence," not because that's a requirement of the American legal system, but because O'Reilly believes he has been "dishonestly smeared" and "loathes political hit jobs."

Still, he concluded, "there are major questions here that need to be answered" -- even if the man who asked them is, as Howard Dean noted in a clip O'Reilly aired in the segment, "the president of an operation that is funded by people who support Ted Cruz."

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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