Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Donna Brazile admits she passed debate questions to Hillary, blames Russians

Donna Brazile admits she passed debate questions to Hillary, blames Russians

Judge Jeanine Pirro said that former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile "finally [found] redemption" after she admitted to passing along debate questions to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

She further explains, "My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen".

The Democratic political strategist denied the charge during an October interview with Fox News, when hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta showed she had forwarded questions.

"I had been working behind the scenes to add more town hall events and debates to the primary calendar, and I helped ensure those events included diverse moderators and addressed topics vital to minority communities", Brazile wrote.

CNN would go on to sever ties with Brazile after the emails were leaked.

On Friday, Brazile penned an essay for TIME where she talked about the importance of launching an investigation into the Trump administration's apparent connections to Russian Federation.

In reality, not only was I not playing favorites, the more competitive and heated the primary got, the harder D.N.C. staff worked to be scrupulously fair and beyond reproach. Supplying Clinton with questions ahead of the Democratic primary debate would give Clinton an unfair advantage over Bernie Sanders.

So, Brazile is anxious that it looks like she was showing favoritism to Clinton, not that she was subverting the veracity of the news organization she worked for, the fairness of the democratic process, and the journalism she now wants to hold Trump accountable. Brazile has argued that since the e-mails were stolen, she is not the one in wrong.

"One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash".

Brazile has since resigned from CNN. She ended the segment telling Megyn Kelly, "Go to Russian Federation". "I as a black woman wanted Flint to be front and center in our conversation about who should be the next president", she said.

In another email dated March 12, Brazile passed on a question about the death penalty: "From time to time I get the questions in advance". When Kelly pointed out more published e-mails where Brazile leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign, Brazile told Kelly that she would not be persecuted and that the e-mails were stolen. She says that the point of the WikiLeaks e-mails was "sowing division in our ranks" and that left "Sanders supporters understandably angry".

This Times essay marks the first time Donna Brazile has admitted to leaking the questions.

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