Warren says she agrees that 2016 Democratic primary was rigged for Clinton

Katrina Barker
November 3, 2017

According to Donna Brazile, former interim chairwoman for the Democratic National Committee, Clinton had full control over the DNC nearly a year before she officially became the party's official nominee. Politico offers its readers a sneak peak from Brazile's upcoming book Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, although oddly a section in which hacks have nearly no role.

"I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton's team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested", Brazile says in the book.

In an op-ed for Politico, the former chairwoman recalled investigating the matter for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 election season, and was shocked when she found out that Clinton's campaign had been paying off the DNC's debts for the past several months.

With the D.N.C. millions of dollars in debt after Barack Obama's 2012 re-election bid, the organization was in desperate need of cash, leaving the party with little choice but to rely on Clinton's donors to recapitalize.

The former chairwoman maintained that the agreement was not illegal, but "sure looked unethical" and "compromised the party's integrity".

In Clinton's book "What Happened", she blamed Sanders for inflicting "lasting damage" to her campaign during the Democratic primary season, opening the door for Trump for using the "Crooked Hillary" slogan in his campaign, CNN reported.

Sanders' campaign also signed an agreement, but decided against raising money for the DNC and state parties. The vast majority of the funds went to the national Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign.

"Debbie (Wasserman Schultz) was not a good manager", Brazile wrote in excerpts released in Politico on Thursday.

She additionally pointed out the agreement was signed in August 2015, which granted Clinton control of the party long before she earned the presidential nomination. But much of the money was ultimately routed back to Clinton, Brazile writes, describing a conversation with Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary's campaign. But the agreement was apparently signed in August 2015, nearly a year before Clinton clinched the nomination. Bernie was not angry but wanted to know if Hillary could beat Trump in the general election, according to Brazile.

Perez said "We're moving forward".

She said the issue would prove a test of new DNC leader Tom Perez, who will have to inspire "confidence that the party is working for Democrats rather than Democrats are working for the party". Bernie's people were angry for their own reasons, saying this was part of a calculated strategy to throw the nomination to Hillary.

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