Relationship between CNBC anchor, billionaire GOP donor that sparked probe was revealed during live shot

The CNBC anchor whose allegations of sexual harassment cost NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell his job had a relationship with a billionaire Republican donor and backer of former President Donald J. Trump who accidentally walked into a live video shot.

The awkward moment occurred in 2020 as Hadley Gamble was recording an episode of her “Capital Connection” show and 76-year-old Tom Barrack appeared in the background, an embarrassing moment that sparked a human resources probe at the network.

In the video which was reportedly recorded in a Turkish hotel room, the man who was recognized to be Barrack was seen in the background having apparently walked in off of the balcony, leading to efforts by the anchor to shoo him out of the picture before he eventually exited the room.

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The video, which was obtained and published by the New York Post, was reportedly recorded around the time that Gamble had scored a big interview with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

According to the outlet, “An attorney for Gamble confirmed the investigation to The Post, saying Gamble believes an HR complaint was filed following the Kushner interview and that it alleged that Barrack — who was known for his close ties to the White House at the time — had ‘organized the interview between Kushner and Gamble’ while the pair were dating and that it hadn’t been disclosed.”

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Barrack “did not organize” the interview between Kushner and Gamble, the anchor’s attorney, Suzanne McKie told the outlet, adding that Gamble “had previously met Kushner at the Peace to Prosperity Summit in Bahrain in June 2019.”

“Hadley understands, although she was not party to the talks, that a Kushner representative approached the Middle East producer for CNBC to pitch a sit-down interview with Miss Gamble as the CNBC Middle East correspondent,” McKie said.

“We believe the claims to be the result of a deliberate smear campaign by bad actors,” she added. “Miss Gamble has never had inappropriate relationships with journalistic sources and has always maintained the highest ethical standards in her reporting.”

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The attorney also said that the internal investigation had cleared Gamble of any wrongdoing in the matter, although it didn’t sit well with some of the network’s other employees.

According to the New York Post, “Some noted that, in an unusual move, the probe was spearheaded in 2021 by NBCUniversal rather than CNBC itself. Sources pointed to the company’s code of conduct handbook, which warned that employees are ‘expected to avoid conflicts of interest.’”

“While the rest of us were fighting to get any opportunity, she would fly first class and brag about it on Instagram, wearing Louboutins, staying in five-star hotels,” a source who is quoted by the Post said. “We also hated how that reflected on the [CNBC] brand and our journalistic credibility by association but our complaints fell on deaf ears.”

“Nobody could figure out why she was being protected,” added the source. “Any normal employee would be fired.”

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