CNN parts ways with DNC Chair Donna Brazile over aid to Clinton

Caught up in a vortex of criticism following revelations she turned over questions to the Clinton campaign for a CNN-sponsored debate in Flint, Mich., in March, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile resigned as a political contributor with cable giant CNN.

Addressing the circumstances of Brazile’s departure, CNN spokeswoman Laura Pratapas said:

“On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”

According to Wikileaks’ disclosures on Oct. 11, Brazile emailed Clinton campaign officials ahead of a March Democratic primary debate informing John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri of her ability to obtain debate questions in advance.

Brazile’s March 5 email subject line read:  “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.”

In a brief note to Podesta and Palmieri, Brazile revealed an audience member would ask of Clinton her plans to alleviate the conditions of lead contaminated water in the city of Flint.

“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” read Brazile’s email.

Seven days later, a March 12 email from Brazile to Palmieri expressed concern over a question regarding Clinton’s stance on the death penalty.

Titled “From time to time, I get the questions in advance,” Brazile’s email continued to lay out details related to the eventual exoneration of death-row inmates and asking if Ohio should follow 30 other states to abolish the death penalty.

During the March 13 debate against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton accepted a question worded nearly identical to Brazile’s query to Palmieri.

Following the revelations in early October, Brazile denied assisting the Clinton campaign.

“As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president. I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did,” read an Oct. 11 statement from Brazile.

The Wikileaks’ disclosures come at a moment of turmoil at the top the the DNC leadership pyramid. Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and several top DNC officials were ousted over July 22 revelations they conspired in favor of Hillary Clinton against the primary bid of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Although there is no evidence Brazile played a role in the DNC’s chicanery against Sanders, Brazile was a DNC vice-chair at the time of Wasserman-Schultz’s resignation and assumed the DNC chairmanship following Wasserman-Schultz’s exit.

CNN and Brazile suspended their relationship shortly after Brazile accepted the DNC’s top post.


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