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DNC chief cries 'persecution' when grilled on 'leaked' debate question

DNC chief cries 'persecution' when grilled on 'leaked' debate question

Jim Stinson | Lifezette

Looking and sounding dazed and confused, Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, pretended to have no knowledge of a controversy that threatens to end her brief tenure at the top of the DNC.

Brazile, a former CNN contributor, was confronted by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night after the final presidential debate in Las Vegas.

“As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted.”

Brazile was asked if she leaked a question to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign before CNN’s town hall in Ohio on March 13. If Brazile had done that, it would violate CNN’s ethics rules. It would also show the DNC chair favored Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders of Vermont, while professing to be a neutral player.

When confronted by Kelly, Brazile began stuttering.

“I did not receive any questions from CNN,” said Brazile.

"Where did you get it?" said Kelly. Kelly was trying to pin Brazile, because CNN officials believe Roland Martin of TV One, a CNN debate partner, leaked the debate question to Brazile.

The Brazile allegation was unearthed by WikiLeaks earlier this month, when Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta's emails were initially leaked to the public. In an email on March 12, 2016, to Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, Brazile said, "From time to time, I get the questions in advance."

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