By Mallory Shelnourne
Originally published in TheHill
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim chairwoman Donna Brazile on Sunday further stirred the pot among Democrats, who are already reeling from her revelations about the DNC during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Democrats are confronting the implications from excerpts of Brazile’s forthcoming book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House,” including the possibility that the 2016 primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton at the expense of her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Some Democrats are calling for party reform, while others are downplaying Brazile’s account.
The former chairwoman appeared to backtrack during a Sunday show interview over the implication that the primary was rigged, but much of the damage has already been done.
“I found no evidence, none, whatsoever,” Brazile told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” when asked about charges of rigging.
“The only thing I found, which I said, I found the cancer, but I’m not killing the patient, was this memorandum that prevented the DNC from running its own operation,” she said.
The explosive suggestion was first described in an excerpt of Brazile’s book published Thursday in Politico, in which she described a fundraising arrangement between the Clinton campaign, the DNC and Clinton’s joint fundraising committee that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”
“The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” Brazile wrote of the agreement.
“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity,” she continued.
The Hill has reached out to Brazile for clarification on the apparent discrepancy between the excerpt and her comments Sunday morning.
But her disclosure re-opened a party rift that Democrats had sought to move on from after a contentious primary. Brazile defended her right to speak out, which some in her party criticized, especially during the lead-up to important state elections in Virginia and New Jersey.
“George, for those who are telling me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple months ago. You know what I tell them? Go to hell. I’m going to tell my story,” Brazile said on ABC.
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