In 2008, shortly after becoming a U.S. senator, Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and her husband, John Bessler, began renting a house in Arlington, Virginia, from Chuck Todd, then NBC News’ political director. I unveil the ties between Todd and Democratic campaigns in my explosive new book, Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruptions.
After Klobuchar’s campaign announcement, Todd offered viewers his analysis of Klobuchar’s candidacy. Her biggest asset, according to Todd? “Location, location, location.”
According to Page Six, which first reported the relationship, Klobuchar and her husband paid the Todds $3,200 a month. This relationship went undisclosed for years, even though Todd went on to question Klobuchar at least eight times on-air during her 2020 campaign, including as the moderator of two of the primary debates:
On June 26, 2019, Todd was one of the NBC moderators of the primary debate in which Klobuchar appeared:
On March 17,2019, Todd sat down with Klobuchar in Waterloo, Iowa, to discuss the campaign:
On July 7, 2019, Klobuchar appeared on Meet the Press to discuss her candidacy from from New Hampshire:
On September 8, 2019, Todd interviewed Klobuchar in-studio on Meet the Press: