Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile complained during an interview on Wednesday that she is being “persecuted” by being asked questions about leaking a town hall question to the Clinton campaign.
And during the interview, conducted on Fox News after the presidential debate, Brazile said that her interviewer, Megyn Kelly, was “like a thief” because her questions cited emails that were stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by Wikileaks.
Kelly grilled Brazile, who was a CNN and ABC News contributor prior to taking over the DNC in July, about an email revealed by Wikileaks showing her providing a tip about a March 13 town hall question to the Clinton campaign. (RELATED: Donna Brazile Leaked CNN Town Hall Question To Clinton Campaign)
“From time to time I get the questions in advance,” Brazile wrote in a March 12 email to Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri.
The question, which was about the death penalty, was asked of Clinton by Roland Martin, a host with TV One, which co-hosted the debate with CNN.“I did not receive any questions from CNN, let’s just be very clear,” a shaky Brazile told Kelly.
“Where did you get it?” the host shot back.
“First of all what information are you providing to me that will let me see what you are talking about?” said Brazile.
She grew more defensive.
“As a Christian woman I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false,” the operative said.
“Podesta’s emails were stolen. You’re like the thief that what’s to bring into the night what you found in the gutter,” she continued.
Kelly then referred to an interview CNN anchor Jake Tapper gave last week in which he said that it was his understanding that the question came from Roland Martin or TV One. He called the leak “very, very troubling.” (RELATED: Jake Tapper Says DNC Chair’s Leak To Clinton Campaign Is ‘Very, Very Troubling)
“I am not going to try to validate falsified information. I have my documents, I have my files,” Brazile told Kelly.
“I never got documents from CNN,” she reiterated, adding that “a lot of those emails I would not give them the time of the day. I’ve seen so many doctored emails. I’ve seen things that come from me at two in the morning that I don’t even send.” (RELATED: DNC Chair Now Says Podesta Emails Were ‘Doctored’)
Brazile then offered to share whatever documents she has.
“If there is anything that I have I will share,” she said.
Brazile did not return an email from The Daily Caller asking how she plans to prove that she did not send the question to Palmieri.
Martin, the TV One host suspected of giving Brazile the question, gave a convoluted answer last week when asked if he coordinated with Brazile.
Update: Brazile responded to TheDC’s questions about the town hall questions and about her comments in the interview with Megyn Kelly.
Asked if she would make good on her pledge to share the information she has and why she refused to say that TV One was not the source of the town hall question, she responded: “You’re so unprofessional.”
TheDC followed up on the questions.