Donna Brazile comes clean, admits sending debate questions to Hillary campaign, blames Russians

Donna Brazile Voter ID DNCFor months, former interim DNC boss Donna Brazile avoided answering questions about leaked emails indicating she provided debate questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign.  But in an essay published in Time, she admitted for the first time sending those emails to the campaign.

She wrote (Emphasis added):

Then in 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. 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. My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.

“As recently as February,” the Washington Examiner said, “Brazile would only say that the emails ‘allegedly’ showed her forwarding the questions.”

Naturally, she blamed the Russians:

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. 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. In all the months the Russians monitored the D.N.C.’s email, they found just a handful of inappropriate emails, with no sign of anyone taking action to disadvantage the Sanders campaign.

Naturally, she provided absolutely no proof whatsoever of her claim.

“Despite the widely accepted conclusion that Russia launched an unprecedented attack on our democracy, our new President and many in the Republican party are brushing this off,” she said.  “President Trump claims the R.N.C.’s cyber defenses thwarted the Russians’ best efforts to penetrate them, and the D.N.C. has only itself to blame for inadequate security. But this wasn’t a ‘400-pound hacker’ in a basement, as Mr. Trump suggested; this was a foreign military cyber command that also penetrated the White House and the Joint Chiefs. If they did not break in somewhere, it’s not because they couldn’t—it’s because they didn’t want to.”

Actually, it most likely had more to do with John Podesta being caught by a phishing attack

And then there are claims that there were no hacks, but leaks by former disgruntled Democrat Party staffers.

Nevertheless, it’s important to note that Brazile now admits sending those debate questions to the Clinton camp.  It makes one wonder what else happened that she knows about…





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