As Twitchy reported, former CNN contributor and current DNC interim chair Donna Brazile popped up in the most recent email dump from WikiLeaks, appearing to express concern about how Hillary Clinton would answer a question on the death penalty asked during a live town hall on CNN that hadn’t yet happened.
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 11, 2016
The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple proposed that Brazile possibly could have been communicating with the Clinton campaign simply to prepare for a post-town hall panel discussion on CNN, which, if true, would show “just how faithfully a CNN contributor seeks to toe the Clinton line.” However, the heading of the email — “From time to time I get the questions in advance” — suggests a lot more than that. What’s her explanation?
Brazile has since released a statement to quell the controversy, in which she reminds everyone to focus on the real problem at hand: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin working together to leak damaging emails to influence the election. So, no denial that she did write the email, then, but rather a note that the DNC is in the process of verifying the authenticity of the leaked documents?
Donna Brazile statement on Wikileaks emails pic.twitter.com/LqblQt6Kjo
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 11, 2016
Brazile states that as a political activist, she “often shared her thoughts” with Democrats’ campaigns, before asking readers to “get one thing straight”: Russia is behind the hack of the leaked emails, and that’s what should trouble all Americans of both parties.
Statement from Donna Brazile on Podesta hack: "We cannot bow down to Putin's wishes and allow foreign actors to try and divide our country." pic.twitter.com/52DzvTlrf0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 11, 2016
Holy moly, Donna Brazile is digging a deeper hole with her denial: https://t.co/cF8UGykoMe
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 11, 2016
Donna Brazile needs to step down. This is an absolutely ridiculous statement.
You've been caught, do something right and step down, Donna! https://t.co/nRNheUHbXx
— Lisa Moreau (@LisaMoreau1) October 11, 2016
@ZekeJMiller She says she never had access to questions, yet there are REAL emails that show her warning of an exact question that was asked
— skatespin (@skatespin) October 11, 2016
— mindy. (@coberly98) October 11, 2016
— CORDENTHUSIAST (@cordenthusiast) October 11, 2016
@ZekeJMiller So another internal confirmation that the leaks are true.
— K Paul (@KPAULPNW) October 11, 2016
@ZekeJMiller something something something Russia something something
— Sam Hausman (@samhausman) October 11, 2016
@ZekeJMiller Interviewer: Donna, did you help Clinton during the primaries?
Donna: No, It's the Russians
Interviewer: But Do-
— DanielRDB (@_DeeZaster) October 11, 2016
@kylegriffin1 Typical of these corrupt hacks 2 blame Russia. ROFLMAOOOOO! It's fucking laughable. She doesn't deny she's corrupt tho. HAHAHA
— Deplorable Avg. Joe (@AverageJo44) October 11, 2016
Dem talking point when all else fails…
— Robert Chambers (@WellsStKing) October 11, 2016
Who knows what else WikiLeaks has in store? Not this, for sure:
@ZekeJMiller If she wants to be sincere? Show ONE example where she informed Bernie campaign of Clinton intentions. Won't happen.
— John Grimes (@Midnitelouie) October 11, 2016
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Business Insider has run its own fact check on the story, citing both “a top Democratic Party source familiar with the exchange” and Brazile’s own statement in which she denied leaking questions.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 11, 2016
E-mails seem to show collusion between CNN and the DNC, but this brave fact checker asked them and they agree it wasn't like that at all! pic.twitter.com/3Qxd6WDXKP
— Hillary PR Team (@OnMessageForHer) October 11, 2016
New fake fact check champion? https://t.co/j41NilbPOg
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 11, 2016