The first Democrat presidential debate will take place in Miami on June 26 and June 27, said Fusion GPS, a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm hired by the Democrat National Committee.
NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo — which are hosting the event — sent reporters to the address provided by the firm and found an empty lot.
“We don’t know how this could have happened,” said Brian Williams of MSNBC. “I was at this address last week for an event hosted by Miami’s Russian consulate.”
Telemundo 51 news anchor Gloria Ordaz contacted the U.S. State Department about Williams’ claim of a valid address.
“It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami,” Ordaz reported. “We’re all waiting breathlessly for the next Fusion GPS announcement.”
Fusion GPS is reportedly scrambling to find a venue that has an actual building. When that happens, the debate is expected to be a defining moment in Democrats’ nomination battle to take on President Donald Trump.
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