Former Democrat chairwoman Donna Brazile accuses Clinton campaign of 'unethically' hijacking party

Kristopher Drake
November 3, 2017

The former interim chief of the Democratic National Committee opened up about the financial turmoil within the organization as well as the heartbreak she experienced when she uncovered evidence indicating Hillary Clinton commandeered the committee well before she nabbed the presidential nomination.

The excerpt, from Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House, asserts that the DNC was in debt thanks to "Obama's neglect" and former party chair Debbie Wasserman-Schulz's poor fundraising skills, and alleges that because of this the DNC struck a deal in August 2015 with Robby Mook, Clinton's former campaign manager, giving the Clinton primary campaign an unusual amount of control over the party apparatus in exchange for funding.

Leaked emails from a Russian hack of a DNC server, made public by WikiLeaks in July 2016, suggested top Democratic officials, including ousted DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders.

"By Sept 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart", Ms Brazile said. Brazile says she discovered the agreement, which she could not reveal in her book, but the document allowed for Hillary to control the DNC strategy and money as well as all significant hiring decisions. "This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity", Brazile wrote.

Responding to the disclosure by Donna Brazile, who became interim chairwoman of the DNC as last year's election approached, Warren told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday that Democratic leaders must restore faith in the party's operations. Just about everything she says in the piece will inflame Sanders's passionate supporters who were already suspicious of the Democratic establishment and already had reason to believe - based on leaked DNC emails - that the committee wasn't as neutral in the primary as it was supposed to be.

She "couldn't write a news release without passing it by Brooklyn".

The agreement between the DNC and the Clinton camp was signed in August 2015, several months before the primary season began and nearly a full year before she officially secured the nomination over Vermont Sen. "She hadn't been very interested in controlling the party - she let Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn't have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was".

Sanders' campaign also signed an agreement, but decided against raising money for the DNC and state parties. Brazile shares how she informed Bernie of what she knew, and he "took this stoically". But one thing is for sure: The Democratic Party significantly tarnished its reputation in 2016, likely turning off many potential Democratic voters. However, Ms Clinton was the only candidate who raised money for the party, she said. "They wanted her to be the nominee", he said.

"We're moving forward", Perez said.

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