Politics

Clinton Won’t Say If It Was Improper for DNC to Show Favoritism for Her Over Sanders

Hillary Clinton would not say during her 60 Minutes interview whether it was improper for the Democratic National Committee's party officials to demonstrate favoritism for her, simply denying knowledge or awareness of the emails in question.

The recent leak of DNC emails revealed party higher-ups openly disparaged and even conspired against Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I., Vt.) surprisingly strong challenge to Clinton's bid for the nomination. CFO Brad Marshall suggested looking for ways to use Sanders' religious views against him, and party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) referred to Sanders' campaign manager as an "ass" and a "damn liar."

Clinton, appearing on CBS alongside newly tapped running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), said she disagreed with any religious test against a candidate but denied knowledge of party officials working against Sanders.

"Maybe the point, Madam Secretary, is you have people in the Democratic National Committee who are supposed to be, if you will, agnostic about who the nominee is going to be, and they seem to have their thumb on the scale for you," CBS anchor Scott Pelley said. "They seem to be working against Bernie Sanders, their fellow Democrat."

"Again, I don't know anything, I don't know anything about these emails," Clinton said. "I haven't followed it, but I'm very proud of the campaign that I ran, and I'm very proud of the campaign Senator Sanders ran."

"In your view, any effort in the DNC to favor one candidate or another would have been improper?" Pelley asked.

"Again, I don't have any information about this, and so I can't answer specifically," Clinton said.

The Weekly Standard noted it was strange that this clip was among the "unaired" portions of her and Kaine's interview, while fluff like what Clinton wanted to accomplish as president made it into the final televised cut.

The fallout from the leak has been significant. Schultz is resigning her post at the conclusion of this week's Democratic National Convention.