Emails released by WikiLeaks Monday revealed that CNN contributor Donna Brazile leaked debate questions to Clinton, lending credence to criticisms about the Clinton machine’s relationship to the press and forcing the network to distance itself from its former employee.
The email revealed that Brazile contacted Clinton campaign leaders ahead of the debate in Flint, Mich., in early March with some pretty specific information.
“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” Brazile wrote. “Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.”
In another email to the Clinton team, Brazile said: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
After the information went public Brazile, who is now interim head of the Democratic National Committee, denied having helped the Clinton campaign.
“As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president. I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did,” she said in a statement.
CNN, meanwhile, claims it is “completely uncomfortable” with the situation.
“On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor,” the network said in a statement.
“CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate,” the statement continued. “We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”
With WikiLeaks continuing to leak heavily-damaging information about Clinton and her allies, some Americans are suggesting that the Democratic Party should ask her to step aside.
That’s a view shared by longtime Chicago columnist John Kass, who contends Clinton’s growing list of scandals will render her unable to lead the nation if elected.
He wrote in a Saturday column:
What if she is elected? Think of a nation suffering a bad economy and continuing chaos in the Middle East, and now also facing a criminal investigation of a president. Add to that congressional investigations and a public vision of Clinton as a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands.
The best thing would be for Democrats to ask her to step down now. It would be the most responsible thing to do, if the nation were more important to them than power. And the American news media — fairly or not firmly identified in the public mind as Mrs. Clinton’s political action committee — should begin demanding it.
And an increasing number of Americans appear to agree.
Polls out Monday reveal that nearly half of Americans believe Clinton’s email scandal is worse than the Watergate affair that crippled the Nixon administration.