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Fox & Friends Gets Awkward When Brian Kilmeade Corrects Steve Doocy’s Scandalous Clinton Foundation Claim

Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning covered a new report from The Hill that’s been making the rounds, focused on the Australian diplomat whose tip prompted the FBI’s Russia probe — and that diplomat’s allegedly nefarious ties to the Clinton Foundation.

The Hill piece reported that Alexander Downer — whose drunken banter with George Papadopoulos in a London pub ended up becoming the official reason the FBI opened the Russia probe — once “arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable efforts.”

This all happened years ago, when Downer was Australian Foreign Minister, and Australia was donating funds to the Clinton Foundation to help fight aids — a small fraction of the billions the country dedicates to development assistance every year.

Fox & Friends, however, saw scandal:

“As it turns out ladies and gentlemen,” co-host Steve Doocy said on Tuesday, “Mr. Papadopoulos who met Alexander Downer that night didn’t realize he was meeting a guy who donated $25 million to the Clinton Foundation to eradicate AIDS.”

Brian Kilmeade then stepped in to tepidly fact-check his co-host, asking “Was that Australian government money? I’m sure he didn’t have $25 million.”

Doocy stumbled in his response, saying, “Uh, I believe it was money, that was…then put into the Clinton Foundation pocket to eradicate AIDS.”

“A lot of money,” Ainsley Earhardt added, apparently to rescue her co-host.

Doocy continued to argue that two of the reasons for starting the FBI probe into Russian meddling — the Steele dossier and the Papadopoulos meeting — are the “two lynchpins, both regarding Hillary Clinton, to get the dirt on Donald Trump.”

“Both connected to Hillary,” Earhardt said, before wrapping up the segment with an impressive logical leap: “So the question is, what does that dirty dossier really prove? It proves, apparently, that the Clinton camp was the one that was dirty.”

Of course, it is important to note that the Hill report was written by John Solomon, who happens to be one of Sean Hannity’s go-to reporters for how the REAL collusion happened between Hillary Clinton and the Russians. So safe to take all of this with a swig of Fosters.

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