CNN fires interim DNC chair for leaking debate questions to Clinton campaign

Brazile, who took over from Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair in July, has been exposed by Wikileaks for emailing debate questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of time.


Donna Brazile, the acting chairwoman of the Democratic National Party, resigned from her position at CNN after Wikileaks emails revealed that she leaked questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of CNN primary debates.

In early October Wikileaks released emails in which Brazile stated: “from time to time I get the questions in advance.” Then, on Monday, Wikileaks published another batch of Hillary Clinton campaign emails that revealed Brazile sent questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of a CNN Democratic presidential debate between Clinton and Sanders.

The subject line of one of the emails read: “One of the questions direction to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.”

The email goes on to explain that the woman is from a family that has members with lead poisoning and “she will ask what, if anything will Hillary do as president to help” the people in Flint.

The next day, at the primary debate, a woman asked Clinton the following question: “After my family, the city of Flint, and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States?”

In another email from March 12, Brazile sent a question about the death penalty, which she stated “worried” her “about HRC.” In a follow-up email, she said, “I’ll send a few more. Though some questions Roland submitted.” This suggests her source may have been Roland Martin, the managing editor of TV One.

CNN released a statement, saying it “completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor” and that they “never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate.”

Brazile took over the DNC chair position after Debbie Wasserman Schultz left in July. After the initial leak in October, Brazile denied shared questions in advance and accused the leaked emails of being “doctored.” She has not made any statements since the most recent emails that were leaked Monday.


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