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WH Falsely Claims Current DNC Chair Wasn't Party Leader As She Leaked Debate Qs

- October 31, 2016

Asked About Newly Revealed Emails That Show DNC Chair Donna Brazile Leaking Questions To The Clinton Campaign, Josh Earnest Defended Brazile And Claimed She Was "Not Affiliated With The DNC" During The Primary. REPORTER: "Can I ask you about something that, again I know your usual pivot is these are private emails that were obtained illegally or surreptitiously, but I do think it bears the question about the suggestion that Donna Brazile, the acting DNC leader taking over for the now deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz, may have been aiding the Clinton campaign with more questions leading up to town hall events and other - sort of giving her an inside scoop. What do you say to those Bernie Sanders backers who feel like the fix was in from the very outset? And should Donna Brazile in your opinion, if this turns out to be true, step down from her position at the DNC?" WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: "No, the President believes she has done a fine job stepping in a very difficult situation to lead the Democratic Party. Those of us who have known Donna a long time know she is a person of integrity and a person of high character. She is a true professional who is a tenacious and effective advocate for Democrats. She uses that skill regularly on television. She has been using that skill regularly as a party official, and I for one am pretty excited about the fact that we've got her on our team." REPORTER: "Last question, I just want to make sure I drill down on your answer. If it turns out that she did tip the scales, or sort of put her hand on the scale for Secretary Clinton and didn't handle it evenly as a member of the leadership at the DNC, that's OK with you?" EARNEST: "Well, I don't think she was a leader of the - on the DNC leadership at the time of the debates. My understanding is, you should check with the DNC on this, but that during the primary she was not affiliated with the DNC." (White House Press Briefing, 10/31/16)

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However, When Donna Brazile Took Over As Chair Of The DNC She Was Already A Member Of DNC Leadership As A Vice Chair

When DNC Chair Donna Brazile Was Appointed She Had Already Been Serving As Vice Chairwoman Of The DNC For Voter Registration And Participation. "Following the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, interim party Chair Donna Brazile is taking over some of the duties, including addressing the convention delegates Tuesday night. She is vice chairwoman of the DNC for voter registration and participation, and will now replace Wasserman Schultz as interim chair through the election." (Christine Mai-Duc, "New Interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile Has A Long History With The Clintons And Presidential Politics," Los Angeles Times , 7/27/16)

In 2013, Donna Brazile Was Re-Elected To Serve As DNC Vice Chair For Voter Registration And Participation For A Four-Year Term. "These new officers will join our outstanding returning officers: Donna Brazile, Vice Chair, Voter Registration and Participation; Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice Chair; Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair; and Andrew Tobias, Treasurer. We've all watched their exemplary leadership and dedication to not only the Democratic platform, but to our extended Democratic family, and I can't wait to continue our partnership leading our party forward." (Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "DWS Introduces New DNC Officers," Press Release, 1/29/13)


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