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Oops: Fox anchor retracts claim of ‘likely’ Clinton indictment after conservatives sites go wild

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier admitted on Thursday that he had been wrong when he reported that Hillary Clinton would “likely” be indicted by federal authorities, a claim that sent conservative websites into a frenzy.

“We talked to two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations,” Baier explained on his Wednesday program. “The Clinton Foundation investigation is far more expansive than anybody has reported so far… Several offices separately have been doing their own investigations.”

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“They are actively and aggressively pursuing this case,” the anchor insisted. “The investigations will continue, there is a lot of evidence. And barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they will continue to likely an indictment.”

That news immediately exploded on conservativeleaning sites.

But on Thursday, Baier said that his characterization of the news was simply not true.

“I want to be clear — I want to be clear about this,” he explained. “I pressed the sources again and again what would happen [if Hillary Clinton wins]. I got to the end of that and said, ‘They have a lot of evidence that would likely lead to an indictment.’”

“But that’s not, that’s inartfully answered,” Baier continued. “That’s not the process. That’s not how you do it. You have to have a prosecutor. If they don’t move forward with a prosecutor with the DOJ, there would be, I’m told, a very public call for an independent prosecutor to move forward.”

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“There is confidence in the evidence, but for me to phrase it like I did, of course that got picked up everywhere, but the process is different than that.”

Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Nov. 3, 2016.

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