CNN anchor Jake Tapper is pulling out of his scheduled role as moderator of a Clinton Global Initiative panel discussion on workforce investment, according to the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple.
Instead, CNN’s business reporter Poppy Harlow will take over duties for the event, which is still set to take place from June 8-10 in Denver. Wemple suggests that the withdrawal is due to an overwhelming fear of a potential conflict of interests:
The switcheroo on the workforce panel caps a frenzy of negotiations between CNN and the Clinton Foundation. About a week ago, USA Today reportedthat the CGI site had listed Tapper as a “speaker” at the event, a characterization that CNN contested. Testiness over just how Tapper was being presented likely wouldn’t have arisen if not for context: The Clinton Foundation these days is the target of feisty journalistic investigations stemming from Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos sustained a media beating over revelations that he gave $75,000 to the foundation from 2012 through 2014.
Tapper is not out on the conference all together, as he is still slated to interview former President Bill Clinton.
Read more on the Post’s website.