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CNN dumps Donna Brazile after emails show leaked debate questions to Clinton

Brazile submitted her resignation earlier this month.


Andrew Couts


Posted on Oct 31, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 4:39 pm CDT

CNN has severed ties with former commentator Donna Brazile following WikiLeaks‘ release of hacked emails that show she sent questions to Hillary Clinton‘s campaign staff ahead of debates with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

In a statement to Politico, CNN spokesperson Lauren Pratapas said the cable news network was “completely uncomfortable” with Brazile’s emails to the Clinton campaign, which led to cable network to accept her resignation on Oct. 14.

Brazile, who was suspended from CNN after becoming the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee in July, confirmed her exit from CNN on Twitter.

On Oct. 12, two days before Brazile’s resignation, WikiLeaks released a March 12 email in which Brazile appears to have sent the exact wording of a question put forth to Clinton and Sanders at a town hall moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper and TV One host Roland Martin.

New emails released by WikiLeaks on Monday, which are part of a trove of some 50,000 emails stolen from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, suggest Brazile also sent a question to the Clinton campaign ahead of a CNN debate between Clinton and Sanders regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

CNN has denied giving Brazile access to the questions in advance.

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*First Published: Oct 31, 2016, 3:34 pm CDT