Fox News anchor apologizes for misleading indictment statement

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized Friday for how he reported on a supposed FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday.

"Well, that just wasn't inartful. It was a mistake, and for that, I'm sorry. I should have said they will continue to build their case," Baier told viewers.

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"These sources said yes, the investigations will continue," Baier told fellow Fox News host Brit Hume. "There's a lot of evidence, and barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they'll continue to likely an indictment."

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with moderator Bret Baier during a Democratic Town Hall event in Detroit, Michigan, March 7, 2016.

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Fox News moderators from left, Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier speak to the camera before Republican presidential candidates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ohio Gov. John Kasich took the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chats during a commercial break during an interview with Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier at the FOX News Channel studio in Washington June 17, 2014.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reflected in the news desk as she sits for an interview with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren at the FOX News Channel studio in Washington June 17, 2014.

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Moderator Bret Baier speaks before a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits for a live interview with Bret Baier at the FOX News Channel studio in Washington June 17, 2014.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton speaks with FOX News town hall host Bret Baier at the Gem Theatre, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Detroit.

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FOX News town hall host Bret Baier talks to the crowd before the town hall with Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Hillary Clinton at the Gem Theatre, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Detroit.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, speaks with FOX News town hall host Bret Baier at the Gem Theatre, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Detroit.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chats during a commercial break during an interview with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren at the FOX News Channel studio in Washington June 17, 2014.

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The word "indictment" is what caught the attention of viewers — including even Donald Trump. He ran with the comment on the campaign trail Thursday.

"It was reported last night that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state," Trump told a crowd.

But here's why fellow reporters have criticized Baier's comments.

The FBI doesn't get to decide whether to indict someone or not. It's up to a prosecutor to take the case and present it to a grand jury, which would then decide whether to indict.

On top of that, other major networks also cited unnamed sources who said the notion that an indictment is forthcoming likely is not true.

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While Baier apologized and clarified his statement, Trump's campaign manager said it doesn't matter if the story is true or not.

"The damage is done to Hillary Clinton that no matter how it's being termed, the voters are hearing it for what it is: a culture of corruption," Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC's Brian Williams on Thursday night after Baier initially walked back his remarks.

Baier said Friday he and his team stand by their sourcing and hope to get their sources "on the record and on camera hopefully today."

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