The interim DNC chair did not deny the allegations but took issue with CNN’s public criticism…
Interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile openly attacked her former employer, cable giant CNN, for publicly rebuking her last month amid revelations she sent Hillary Clinton’s campaign questions ahead of debates and candidate town halls.
“I wish CNN had given me … the ability to defend myself rather than ripping me a new one,” she told a Hollins University audience in Roanoke, Virginia on Monday.
In an email dated March 12, Brazile wrote a note to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri that said, “[F]rom time to time I get the questions in advance.” The email “foreshadowed a question asked by TV One host Roland Martin at the March 13 town hall.” It came to light through Wikileaks.
A subsequent email, Brazile promised to “send a few more.”
In a statement, CNN said it was “completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”
While Brazile took issue with CNN’s public criticism, she stopped short of denying the allegations:
Brazile did not directly deny the allegations at Hollins, but she fired back at CNN, saying she never got on Clinton’s campaign airplane or prepped the candidate for any of the debates. She also derided WikiLeaks, which leaked the damning emails, by repeatedly calling the organization WikiLies.
“CNN never gave me a question,” she said talking about the debate questions. “I wish CNN had given me some other things, like the ability to defend myself rather than ripping me a new one.”
Democratic leaders are expected to elect a new DNC chair to replace Brazile in the coming weeks. Brazile stepped in for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who resigned from the post in disgrace after similar emails revealed systemic favoritism for Clinton in the Democratic primary.
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