When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.
Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call.
I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested. I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie.
So I followed the money. My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt. As Hillary’s campaign gained momentum, she resolved the party’s debt and put it on a starvation diet. It had become dependent on her campaign for survival, for which she expected to wield control of its operations.
Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was. How much control Brooklyn had and for how long was still something I had been trying to uncover for the last few weeks.
By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.
Brazile told Podesta in January 2016 that, as soon as the nomination wrapped up, she would be his ‘biggest surrogate’
The Following Excerpts are from The Observer:
“Here is where we are from the surrogate standpoint,” Clinton spokesperson Adrienne Elrod wrote in an October 2015 email entitled “Bernie Pushback Update” to fellow Clinton campaign staff members. “All of our friends going out tonight post debate, including Granholm, Donna Brazile and Bill Burton, are ready to call Bernie’s team out if it comes up tonight.”
In a March email, Brazile tipped off the Clinton campaign to the exact wording of a difficult question to be asked the next day during a CNN presidential town hall. Brazile also forwarded an email to the Clinton campaign about the Voter Rights Act, noting it was for the debate team.
In a separate email, Brazile tipped off Clinton staff with email outlining Sanders’ outreach campaign to black voters. Though she was supposed to remain neutral as a DNC Vice Chair during the primaries, Brazile has been a longtime advocate for Clinton’s presidency. She told Podesta in a January 2016 email, “As soon as the nomination is wrapped up, I will be your biggest surrogate.” In the initial release of WikiLeaks DNC emails, Brazile threatened to “cuss out” the Sanders campaign.