CNN says it is “completely uncomfortable” with revelations Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton. According to an email released Monday by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, Brazile sent Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri titled, “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” the night before the March 6 primary debate in Flint, Michigan.
“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile wrote.
On March 7, the following night, Lee-Anne Walters, a mom whose twin boys stopped growing and whose daughter lost her hair during the Flint water crisis, asked the following question to both Mrs. Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
CNN said it has accepted her resignation, but the date in the statement is notable. In a statement, CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas said that on Oct. 14, the network accepted Brazile’s resignation.
“On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor,” Pratapas said. “[Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.] CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”
However, the date indicates the network had severed ties with the DNC chair after the first story broke relating to another debate question.
Brazile, who replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair after WikiLeaks released emails that revealed an anti-Sanders bias, came under fire following an earlier email indicating she gave the Clinton campaign a separate death penalty question before a CNN-hosted town hall event later that same month. That exchange began with Brazile sending Palmieri the text of the question with the subject line: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
After Palmieri responded, Brazile wrote back: “I’ll send a few more.”
Roland Martin asked the exact same death penalty question–verbatim–the next night.
In a tweet, Brazile thanked CNN and her now former colleagues there.
Thank you @CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 31, 2016
A CNN employee, speaking on background, suggested Brazile may have met the woman who was supposed to pose the question about lead poisoning during a service event planned the day before the debate.
As for the town hall event, a follow up email from Brazile posted by WikiLeaks on Monday indicated Roland Martin, a TV One host who was co-moderating the Town Hall, was the source of the questions. He has denied it.[brid video=”69868″ player=”2077″ title=”‘Youre Like a Thief’ Donna Brazile Lashes Out at Megyn Kelly When Asked About WikiLeaks”]