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Donna Brazile Admits Sharing Questions With Clinton

| by Jordan Smith

Donna Brazile, who formerly worked for CNN and was interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman during the 2016 election campaign, has admitted to passing questions for town hall meetings to Hillary Clinton.

Brazile acknowledged this in an essay for Time magazine focusing on Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 vote.

Brazile noted in her essay that, when she took over as interim chairwoman of the DNC in July 2016, it had been recently hacked.

"Then in October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and [Democratic National Committee] Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign," wrote Brazile, according to Time.

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Brazile stated she had been working to expand the number of town halls during the Democratic primary campaign, when Clinton was challenged by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and ensure they covered diverse topics.

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

Prior to the November 2016 election, Brazile appeared less apologetic.

"My conscience -- as an activist, a strategist -- is very clear," she said when asked about the incident, according to the Washington Post. "If I had to do it all over again, I would know a hell of a lot more about cybersecurity."

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During the campaign, Trump used the issue of Clinton receiving questions from Brazile to attack his Democratic rival.

"Speaking of draining the swamp, Donna Brazile did it again," Trump told a campaign rally, the New York Times reported. "WikiLeaks today, she gave the questions to a debate to Hillary Clinton. And that was from a couple of weeks ago. Happened again, but this time far worse. She gave the questions to a debate to Hillary Clinton."

Trump continued, referring to Clinton, "Why didn't she report it?"

After the revelation became public, Brazile resigned her position at CNN.

Brazile argued in her Time essay that the hacked emails that revealed her actions were obtained by Russia. She further alleged that Russia had deliberately sought to influence the outcome of the election.

"In light of all of this, you would think Republican leaders in Congress would put their country before politics and call for an impartial investigation. Yet even now, the number of congressional Republicans who have come forward to demand a proper, independent investigation by a special prosecutor is embarrassingly small," Brazile wrote, according to Time.

Sources: Time, Washington Post, New York Times / Photo credit: Tim Pierce/Wikimedia Commons

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