In yet another example of how far the left will go to ensure Hillary Clinton is elected come November, recently released emails show Donna Brazile, present head of the Democratic National Committee, seemed to have tipped off the presidential hopeful that a specific question was going to be asked of her during a March town hall on CNN – and it was.
Brazile denied she supplied Clinton with any advance questions.
But the Daily Caller has the news:
“Donna Brazile, the current head of the Democratic National Committee, appears to have tipped the Clinton campaign off to a question about the death penalty that was going to be asked during a CNN town hall in March, newly released emails show.
“‘From time to time I get the questions in advance,’ Brazile wrote in an email to Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri on March 12.
“Brazile, who was a CNN contributor at the time of the email, went on to ask Palmieri about Clinton’s stance on the death penalty.”
The email came courtesy of Wikileaks, in its latest document dump that includes messages from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.
Brazile began hers with this brief statement: “Here’s one [issue] that worries me about HRC.”
The Daily Caller then posted the full content of Brazile’s email:
And Palmieri’s response?
To confirm that Clinton does in fact field the question frequently.
The Daily Caller continues:
“‘Yes, it is one she gets asked about,’ Palmieri responded. ‘Not everyone likes her answer but can share it. Betsaida – can you send her answer on death penalty?’
“Clinton was indeed asked about her stance on the death penalty during a CNN-hosted town hall the next day in Columbus, Ohio.
“Ricky Jackson, a former death row inmate who was exonerated after serving 39 years in an Ohio prison, asked Clinton the question.
“‘I would breathe a sigh of relief if either the courts or the states themselves began to eliminate the death penalty,’ Clinton told Jackson.
“‘What happened to you is a travesty and I can’t even imagine what you went through and how terrible those days and nights must have been for all those years,’ she continued.
“The revelation of Brazile’s help for Clinton is ironic given the circumstances by which she came to be interim head of the DNC. She took the position in July after DNC emails released by Wikileaks that month showed that then-chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was highly critical of Clinton’s primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.
“The email also undercuts Brazile’s claim throughout the primaries that she was a neutral commentator regarding Clinton and Sanders.
“Brazile did not issue an endorsement until June 7, when Clinton routed Sanders in California.
“‘I’ve maintained my neutrality, and that’s very important to me as an officer, but I want to say how incredibly important his campaign, I think, has been this entire political season,’ she said at the time.
Maybe. Maybe not.
Brazile defended her statements and fought the Daily Caller’s version of events.
Her response, as reported by the news site:
“Brazile, a longtime party consultant, responded to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.
“‘What a stretch,’ she wrote, adding that she was forwarding the request to the DNC.
“She issued a longer statement later on Tuesday.
“‘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,’ Brazile said in a statement issued through the DNC.
“Regarding the CNN town hall, Brazile said ‘I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did.’”
Brazile also blasted Wikileaks as a partner to Russia’s government. Meanwhile, CNN’s Barbara Levin, vice president of communications, denied in a separate statement to the Daily Caller that anyone at the company shared town hall questions with Brazile.