Former Democratic National Committee chair, as well as former CNN employee, Donna Brazile has publicly apologized for her role in passing debate questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential primaries.
In an essay published on Friday by Time magazine, Brazile admits, “[A]mong the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and DNC vice chair prior to assuming the interim DNC chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign.”
Last October, a Wikileaks release revealed that Brazile had emailed officials of the Clinton campaign multiple times to make them aware of questions that would arise during Clinton’s debates with Senator Bernie Sanders.
Brazile initially denied she had done this, stating, “I did not receive any questions from CNN,” she said in a Fox News interview last October. “As a Christian woman I understand persecution, but I will not stand here and be persecuted because your information is totally false.” She refused to apologize for her actions, at one point stating, “My conscience – as an activist, a strategist – is very clear” and making vague claims that the emails were altered.
However, several news outlets verified the authenticity of the documents through digital identifiers from the DNC servers.
Now it seems Brazile is changing her tune. In her essay, she states that passing the questions to the Clinton campaign was “a mistake I will forever regret.” Yet, she falls short of connecting her role in the primary corruption with larger problems in the DNC, echoing the mainstream media and the Democratic party by blaming the Russians for Trump’s victory:
“Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.”