Donna Brazile vowed to be Hillary Clinton’s “top surrogate” as soon as she vanquished Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, a newly-released email reveals.
Wikileaks released its fourth wave of emails taken from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email inbox Wednesday morning. The emails reveal several additional examples of Brazile assisting or offering support to the Clinton campaign, even though as a senior Democratic National Committee official she was supposed to be strictly neutral in the party’s primary process.
After receiving a message from Podesta celebrating the new year January 3, 2016, Brazile responded by saying she expected Clinton to vanquish her primary rivals and would be her top public supporter the moment that happened.
“As soon as the nomination is wrapped up, I will be your biggest surrogate,” Brazile said in the email.
In another email, dated Mar. 4, Brazile forwarded a video about the civil rights movement to the campaign, and included the remark “for the debate team.” The message was sent two days prior to a CNN-hosted debate in Flint, Mich. It’s not clear what the intent of the message was, but Brazile may have sent the video so the team could incorporate it into Clinton’s prepared debate responses. She may also have been warning Clinton about content that was likely to be included in the debate.
Podesta responded to both emails by offering his thanks.
The new emails provide further evidence that Brazile and other DNC members were quietly backing Clinton’s campaign despite a requirement they remain neutral. Previous emails provided evidence that Brazile turned over debate questions in advance to the Clinton campaign and offered them inside information on Sanders’ campaign. Brazile’s predecessor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had to step down in July after previous DNC leaks showed evidence of collusion with Clinton.
Brazile denies doing anything improper.
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