CNN said Monday it’s “completely uncomfortable” with new leaked emails that Donna Brazile fed debate questions to Hillary Clinton and announced it has accepted her resignation as contributor.
“CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material,
attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town
hall or debate,” said CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas in an email to The
“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her
interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”
Brazile’s contract had been suspended in July when she was named
interim head of the Democratic National Committee following the ouster of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose hacked emails also incidentally showed bias toward Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
CNN noted in its statement that “on October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor.”
Fresh WikiLeaks emails show
that Brazile — previously accused of leaking to Team Clinton for a CNN
town hall — also gave the Democratic nominee a heads-up before her
Democratic primary face-off with Sanders.
Brazile, then vice chair of the DNC and a CNN contributor, emailed
Clinton’s campaign on March 12, the night before the Flint, Michigan,
“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a
rash,” Brazile wrote to Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and
communications director, Jennifer Palmieri.
Brazile added: “Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if
anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.”
That’s close to the question that was actually asked by local
resident Mikki Wade: “If elected president, what course will you take to
regain my trust in government?”
It’s unsurprising that a debate in lead-poisoned Flint would include a question about the crisis.
Nonetheless, it’s the second example of Brazile helping Clinton behind the scenes. WikiLeaks earlier revealed a separate email
in which Brazile told Team Clinton that the former secretary of state
would get a question about the death penalty before a March 13 town hall
Indeed, Clinton was pressed about her stance on the death penalty during the Ohio State University forum.
New information from WikiLeaks shows Brazile fingered her source for
the question as Roland Martin, who helped moderate the forum.
“I’ll send a few more,” Brazile said.