The interim director of a key body to help Democrats get elected, Donna Brazile, has resigned as a political commentator at CNN amid allegations she funneled at least one debate question last spring to longtime political ally Hillary Clinton.
Donna Brazile, a regular political consultant on CNN until late summer, resigned from CNN in mid-October, the cable-news network said Monday. It’s unclear why the network did not make that announcement two weeks ago.
Thank you @CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 31, 2016
Her contract had been suspended in late summer after she was named temporary head of the Democratic National Committee. She replaced Debbie Wasserman Schultz after allegations that she sought to use the DNC to aid Clinton even though the committee was supposed to be neutral.
Leaked emails by WikiLeaks from an account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta suggested Brazile shared questions with the Clinton campaign before a CNN-sponsored Democratic debate and a voter town hall, when she was beating back a determined Democratic primary challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The release was an embarrassment to CNN and gave fuel to complaints by Republican Donald Trump, Clinton’s presidential rival, that the press was biased against him.
CNN, for its part, said an internal review determined that the news network was not responsible for providing Brazile any material to pass on to the Clinton campaign.
“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 network said in a statement.
Still, CNN expressed disappointment with how Brazile acted while under contract to the network. “We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” the statement said.
Neither Brazile, the Clinton campaign nor Democrats have explained how Brazile knew about at least one of the questions that might be asked at the spring CNN debate.
Documents from WikiLeaks released earlier in October appeared to show that Brazile shared a question with the Clinton camp that would be asked at a voter town hall. Freshly leaked documents now appear to show she may have tipped Clinton off to…