WikiLeaks: CNN Looked to DNC For Questions, Opposition Research on Trump

Wolf Blitzer's producers collaborated on Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina questions as well.

On Sunday evening Wikileaks released more than 8,000 emails originating from the Democratic National Committee and the content provides additional proof that mainstream media outlets like CNN have been working in tandem with the Democratic Party to take down Donald Trump.  

In an April 25 email bearing the headline, "Trump Questions for CNN," DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon appeared to organize the compilation of questions CNN's Wolf Blitzer could use in an upcoming interview he'd had scheduled with Donald Trump.

"Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed. ... Please send me thoughts by 10:30 AM tomorrow," she wrote to a group of DNC staffers. 

At one point Dillon noted that the Blitzer interview had been canceled, but shared the DNC-compiled list of questions for the "next interview." In another email that day, Dillon acknowledged that CNN contacted the DNC also "looking for questions" for primary candidates Ted Cruz, and "maybe a couple on" Carly Fiorina.

Some of the questions DNC compiled for CNN for the Trump interview included: 

  • – Who helped you write the foreign policy speech you’re giving tomorrow? Which advisors specifically did you talk to? What advice did they give you? Did they give you any advice that you chose not to take?
  • – CIA Director Brennan and former CIA Director Hayden have both said that our military and intelligence officers might refuse to follow some of your orders if you were president. What would you do if the military refused to listen to you? Should they be court-martialed if they refuse to follow orders?
  • – You’ve said you look to Ambassador John Bolton for military advice and called him “terrific,” but he was one of the architects of the Iraq war. How do you explain your praise for Bolton if you also claim the war was a mistake? What advice have you taken from him?
  • – Do you think American victims of 9/11 should be able to sue Saudi Arabia in court? What role, if any, do you think Saudi Arabia had in the 9/11 attacks?
  • – You’ve said we should have bombed the “right people” after 9/11 and have suggested that the government has evidence Saudi Arabia was involved. Do you think we should have instead bombed Saudi Arabia?

In addition to CNN, ​Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank was also collaborating with the DNC, using the party's opposition research on Donald Trump as the basis of a hit-piece he wrote about the GOP candidate in April 2016, titled, The Ten Plagues of Trump.”

The Daily Caller notes that the DNC compiled a list for Milbank's use. Upon comparing that DNC-compiled list with Milbank's article, DC found that eight of the "ten plagues" of Trump in the Washington Post column matched up with the DNC list.

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