Hacked Email Indicates DNC Chair Leaked Debate Question to Clinton Campaign


Donna Brazile at the Democratic National Convention / AP
October 31, 2016

Interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile fed Hillary Clinton's campaign another debate question ahead of time during the Democratic primary, according to a hacked email released Monday by WikiLeaks

CNN hosted the March 6 debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in Flint, Michigan. Brazille was a CNN contributor at the time and vice chair of the DNC.

Brazile sent an email to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri the day before the debate with the subject line, "One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash," the Hill reported.

"Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint," Brazile said in the message.

This is not the first time that Brazile allegedly showed favoritism to the Clinton campaign secretly during the primary, the Hill noted.

Brazile has faced scrutiny for another email in the leaks that suggested she had provided debate questions to Clinton in advance of a March 13 town hall event hosted by Roland Martin and Jake Tapper, also host of CNN's State of the Union and The Lead.

"From time to time I get the questions in advance," she allegedly wrote Palmieri on March 12.

Both Brazile and CNN have fiercely denied that Clinton was given any advance notice of questions.

Both emails were hacked from Podesta's account and released by WikiLeaks. The U.S. government has accused Russia of hacking into American political networks to influence the 2016 election.

Brazile claimed earlier this month after the town hall email became public that she was being persecuted during an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

CNN said Monday it was "completely uncomfortable" with the hacked emails showing Brazile feeding the Clinton campaign questions and had accepted her resignation earlier this month.

"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," CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas said in a statement, Politico reported.

Brazile's CNN contract had been suspended when she became DNC chair in late July.

UPDATE 2:01 P.M.: This post was updated to include CNN's statement on the network severing all ties with Donna Brazile.