CNN this month quietly dismissed Donna Brazile, the Democratic National Committee chair, from her position as a contributor more than two weeks ago, after a leaked email appeared to show she gave Hillary Clinton a question that would be asked at a presidential forum.
CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratrapas said in a Monday statement provided to the Washington Examiner that the cable channel is “completely uncomfortable” after learning that earlier this year, Brazile provided Clinton’s campaign with specific questions she would face at CNN presidential forums.
CNN indicated that those worries led Brazile to offer her resignation, which CNN accepted.
According to an article in the Daily Mail.com, “CNN has cut all ties with Interim Democratic Party Chairwoman Donna Brazile, following revelations that she shared at least two questions with Hillary Clinton’s campaign in advance of CNN-hosted Democratic debates and town hall broadcasts.”
‘We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,’ the network’s PR department said in a statement.
Brazile’s actions were uncovered in emails released by WikiLeaks after a hacker penetrated the Gmail account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
On Monday the anti-secrecy group published a March 5 email showing Brazile tipping off Podesta and Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri about a question that an audience member would ask a day later during a debate against rival Bernie Sanders.
The event, hosted in water-poisoned Flint, Michigan, was moderated by CNN anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.
‘One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,’ Brazile wrote. ‘Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl [people] of Flint.’
A woman named Lee-Anne Walters ended up asking the question.
‘After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the citizens that have said service lines?’ Walters asked.
Republicans’ hackles shot up last month when a Wikileaks email dated March 12 showed Brazile sending Palmieri a question about death penalty politics, which an exonerated death row inmate asked her the next night — almost verbatim — during a CNN-hosted town hall.
“CNN employed Brazile as a paid commentator.” However, when “the death penalty email became public on October 14, she voluntarily ‘suspended’ her CNN contract.”
At the same time, she vehemently denied sending the March 12 email, telling Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that she was being ‘persecuted’ over an email Russian hackers had likely inserted to embarrass her.
‘I am not going to try to validate falsified information,’ she declared.