February 27, 2017
Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile is maintaining that the emails showing her relay questions ahead of debates to Hillary Clinton during the Democrat primary may not be authentic.
In an interview with Politico published Monday, Brazile, a former CNN contributor, acknowledged the emails “allegedly” show her passing advantageous information to Clinton’s campaign. She said, however, that those emails don’t show full context.
“You know, I think there’s always a lot of confusion when something is put out in a dump of emails that trickles out,” she said. “So, the first answer is an easy answer. Did CNN provide Donna Brazile or any other contributor debate questions? No. I’ve never received questions from CNN. I’ve made that very clear, I’ve made that very plain.”
“[T]he emails that were allegedly sent to me or sent from me, you know, told a story but it didn’t tell a complete story,” she said.
In the fall of 2016, WikiLeaks dumped thousands of illegally hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. In some of the Podesta emails, Brazile was seen alerting the campaign of specific questions and topics that Clinton should prepare for heading into debates hosted by CNN, creating the appearance that she was favoring Clinton over Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley.
Brazile insisted she was never provided the questions in advance and that she didn’t coordinate questions for the debate, even though the questions she had alerted the Clinton campaign on did come up at two separate debates.