Donna Brazile, the former DNC chairwoman and CNN commentator who was one of the high-profile liberal casualties of the WikiLeaks revelations that rocked the Democratic party, has finally admitted to transmitting debate questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of last year’s primary debate against Bernie Sanders.
In a recent Time magazine column, Brazile attempted to tell her side of the story.
“[I]n October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign,” she wrote.
“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen,” she continued. “But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.
Several analysts have noted that Brazile appears to be mincing words in her confession: in admitting to sharing town hall “topics” – which are known in advance to everyone, more or less – she actually forwarded verbatim debate questions to the Clinton campaign.
Predictably, Brazile pivoted to blaming Russia just after expressing shame for the unethical emails, claiming that it was “the Russians” that “made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton.”
“[T]he media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing divisions in our ranks,” Brazile claimed. Considering that Russian intervention into the U.S. elections is still an unproven allegation, you could probably replace “Russia” with “the bogeyman” in Brazil’s article without too much of an issue.
Disgraced, Brazile was forced to resign from her CNN post in October, with network personality Brian Stelter stating that she had “embarrassed all of CNN” by colluding with the Clinton campaign.