EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Draft of CNN Debate Questions Reveals Stunning Anti-Trump Bias

Critics have accused CNN journalists Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, moderators of the first presidential debate on Thursday, of being partisan Democrats who openly despise former president Donald Trump and his millions of supporters. A leaked draft of the debate questions, obtained and authenticated by the Washington Free Beacon, suggests these critics are right.

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CNN talking heads Dana Bash and Jake Tapper are the co-moderators for this week's presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Some Trump allies expect that Bash, like her colleague, will be unable to contain her long-standing partisan bias long enough Thursday to permit a fair exchange for the benefit of prospective voters.

At the height of the pro-Hamas rallies earlier this year and amidst pronounced anti-Israel rhetoric from progressive Democratic lawmakers, Bash accused Trump of dangerous anti-Semitism for pointing out that the "Democrats have been very, very opposed to Jewish people ... and to Israel."

Bash, an exponent of the Russia collusion hoax who is evidently content to give Biden boosters plenty of air time, bemoaned the Supreme Court's March decision requiring Colorado to keep Trump on the 2024 ballot, noting that "unfortunately for America, the court isn't necessarily wrong that this is the way the Framers wanted it to be."

Years before expressing grief over the prospect that Biden's wouldn't effectively run unopposed in at least one state, Bash diminished the cost of real war in an effort to score political points against Trump.

In January 2021, Trump highlighted that unlike his predecessors, he had not committed America to any bloody conflicts abroad costing thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars. Bash said in response, "Maybe he didn't start any new wars abroad, but he completely incited battle after battle and even, I would say, war domestically."

Should Bash act on her deep-seated antipathy or take a page out of the playbook of one of her former husbands, then she might end up influencing the election in a questionable fashion.

Jeremy Bash, former chief of staff at the CIA under Obama and senior adviser to then-Director Leon Panetta, was part of the cabal of former U.S. intelligence officials who signed an open letter on Oct. 19, 2020, regarding the New York Post's Oct. 14 report about the discovery and damning contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, which the FBI had "verified" one year earlier.

The CNN co-moderator's ex-husband helped downplay the possibility that the potentially election-changing discovery of a laptop brimming with possible evidence implicating the Bidens in various improprieties had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

A CNN spokesman stressed to the New York Post that Bash and Tapper were well suited to the task at hand.

"Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are well-respected veteran journalists who have covered politics for more than five decades combined," said the spokesman. "They have extensive experience moderating major political debates, including CNN's Republican Presidential Primary Debate this cycle. There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion, and we look forward to the debate on June 27 in Atlanta."

Steve Bannon and other Trump allies aware of the co-moderators' past criticism of the former president have suggested the Republican might be ambushed on Thursday — especially after how they treated Trump's national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, on Monday.

For daring to mention the co-moderators' unmistakable antipathy toward Trump, CNN abruptly ended an interview Monday with Trump campaign press secretary Karoline Leavitt.

Leavitt noted on X, "This proved our point that President Trump will not be treated fairly on Thursday. Yet he is still willing to go into this 3-1 fight to bring his winning message to the American people, and he will win."

Leavitt later acknowledged on Bannon's "War Room" podcast that "CNN is a propaganda network for the Democrat Party and for Joe Biden. They have pushed endless lies about President Trump ... from [the] Russia hoax to the Charlottesville lie to the Hunter Biden laptop. They've covered for Joe Biden over the past several years."

Bannon said, "This Thursday debate is totally 100 percent rigged," reported Newsweek.

"The organizing principle of CNN is a hatred of Donald Trump and the MAGA movement to the core of their being. ... They hate Donald J. Trump and they hate the MAGA movement."

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung told Newsweek, "The true benchmark for Thursday's debate should be whether or not Joe Biden can defend his disastrous record on inflation and the out-of-control border invasion versus President Trump's unquestioned first-term record of success, and if Biden can speak for himself without the overt participation and interference of two CNN moderators."

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Alice Stewart, veteran GOP advisor and CNN commentator, dies at 58 just hours after appearing on network: 'Can't believe she's gone'

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Alice Stewart, a veteran GOP adviser and CNN political commentator, has died. She was 58.

Stewart's body was found outdoors in the northern Virginia neighborhood of Bellevue on Saturday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said no foul play was suspected in her death and that Stewart likely suffered a medical emergency.

Just hours before her death, Stewart appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" on Friday evening.

Stewart launched her career as a local reporter and producer in Georgia. She then worked as a news anchor in Little Rock, Arkansas.

From there, she became the communications director for then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign for president.

Stewart also served as communications director for GOP presidential candidates, including former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Tributes poured in for the longtime GOP adviser.

Sen. Cruz said in a post on the X social media platform, "Alice was wonderful and talented and a dear friend. She lived every day to the fullest, and she will be deeply missed."

Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock stated, "So saddened to hear of the sudden passing of ⁦Alice Stewart. Alice was a smart, principled and talented role model for women in politics and media and always a delight to be with. She will be missed."

Kellyanne Conway – ex-counselor to former President Donald Trumpsaid, "Alice Stewart was a remarkable woman of faith, a friend & colleague. She was the same person on-air & off-air: smart, witty, authentic, kind, respectful, insightful. She took the time to help those next in line. I loved &respected Alice & will miss her."

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie honored Stewart by saying, "I am stunned and saddened by the news of Alice Stewart’s passing. She was a political pro and a wonderfully nice person to just have a conversation with on any topic. I will miss Alice and will pray for her family."

Alyssa Farah Griffin – ex-communications director for former President Trump – remarked, "Gutted over this news. Alice Stewart was smart, savvy, funny & most importantly kind. She felt like she was from another era - a more decent one where we'd disagree respectfully. She was kind to me when I was in a low place & I’ll never forget it. Sending love to those closest to her."

Stewart was hired by CNN as a political commentator ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer stated, "I’m so sad that my friend and CNN colleague Alice Stewart has passed away. It was only yesterday when she joined Maria Cardona and me for her always excellent political analysis. She was a very special person and we will miss her. May she Rest In Peace and may her Memory Be A Blessing."

CNN anchor Jake Tapper said, "Horrible news about our beloved and gifted commentator Alice Stewart. Just awful. We are all gutted."

Political commentator Ana Navarro stated, "I'm very sad about this news. Alice was kind, decent, hard-working and a woman whose faith sustained her. She was a breath of fresh air – always professional – at a time when lack of decorum and civility reign in political discussions. May she rest in peace."

CNN anchor Jim Acosta added, My heart is broken over the passing of our dear colleague Alice Stewart. We’ve been friends going back to the 2012 campaign. We spent so many weekends talking politics with the wonderful Maria Cardona – they always spoke so passionately but with kindness and civility. Alice was my friend and I loved her. RIP."

Democratic political strategist Maria Cardona said, "I am turned inside out at this tragic news. As many know, Alice & I were like sisters from opposite ends of the political aisle. We debated but with respect. I will miss her dearly but seems God needed some top-notch communications help. RIP beautiful friend."

CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins expressed, "Just devastating news about our colleague Alice Stewart. She will always be remembered by her kindness above all."

Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile said, "I first met Alice when she joined CNN. A smart, wise and affable colleague who will be missed. My condolences to her family and many colleagues and friends. Rest in peace."

Former CNN anchor Poppy Harlow added, "Sending my love and support to Alice Stewart’s family tonight. She was a remarkable woman who I always loved having on our shows. She was whip-smart, deeply thoughtful, and always kind. She will be so missed."

CNN anchor Dana Bash paid her respects, "Alice Stewart was a woman’s woman who brought kindness and support along with smarts and expertise. I met her in Iowa in 2007 covering the Huckabee presidential campaign and worked with her in politics before I got to call her a CNN colleague. I can’t believe she’s gone."

Former CNN anchor Brian Stelter said, "Such an awful shock. Alice Stewart was a consummate pro who made every show she was on so much BETTER. More importantly, she had a huge heart and a generous spirit."

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