Lesley Stahl Gets Security Protection After Death Threat Over Trump ’60 Minutes’ Interview

October 28, 2020by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News
Journalist Lesley Stahl speaks onstage during an interview conducted by TYWLS Student Maham Rahman at the 13th Annual (Em)Power Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street on Oct. 10, 2019 in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Student Leadership Network/TNS)

CBS has reportedly hired full-time security for “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl after a family member received a death threat over her interview with President Trump.

An unidentified suspect called Stahl’s home Thursday, just hours before the president released his own copy of the interview on Facebook, and threatened her and her family and “said something about neo-Nazis,” TMZ reported Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Police Department would not confirm whether an investigation has been launched.

Stahl, 78, now reportedly has security guards at her home and with her whenever she goes out in public.

A spokesperson for CBS did not immediately return the Daily News’ request for comment.

Trump stringently objected to Stahl’s “tough” questions in the taped sit-down before he eventually stormed out, cutting off the scheduled interview before a planned walk-and-talk around the White House grounds.

Trump claimed he was trying to show “the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of ’60 Minutes’ and CBS” when he posted his version of the video, which was supposed to be for archival purposes only, online.

CBS decried Trump’s “unprecedented decision” to upload the 37-minute video and said it would not “deter ’60 Minutes’ from providing its full, fair and contextual reporting which presidents have participated in for decades.”

“Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

When the network finally aired its full version of the interview Sunday night, nearly 17 million people tuned in, the largest “60 Minutes” audience since its March 2018 Stormy Daniels show, according to CBS.

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