Donna Brazile opens up about Clinton email scandal
*Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated to incorporate Donna Brazile’s statements to Journal-isms.
Former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile has finally acknowledged that she did indeed funnel inside info to Hillary Clinton ahead of two debates with Bernie Sanders.
“Among the many things I did in my role as Democratic operative and DNC vice chair … was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign,” Brazile writes in a piece published in Time magazine Friday.
Last October, Brazile resigned from her role as commentator at CNN after WikiLeaks published emails that showed she gave the Clinton team debate topics before a primary debate with Bernie Sanders.
“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen,” she says. “But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”
The emails showed that Brazile advised Hillary Clinton’s communications director that she would face questions about the death penalty at one of the debates and questions about the Flint water crisis at the next.
Both of the debates were sponsored by CNN.
Brazile also wrote in the piece for TIME:
By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton. Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.
On Saturday, Brazile told the news blog Journal-isms via email that she did “receive or participate in the drafting or dissemination of questions provided by CNN.” Brazile tells the site her questions about Flint were motivated by her life experience as a black woman and wanting the water crisis to be “front and center” in the campaign.
She also attributes the question about the death penalty to members of Black Lives Matter.