Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile acknowledged sending town hall topics to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, calling it a “mistake I will forever regret.”
Brazile wrote in an essay for Time magazine she shared potential topics for a CNN town hall with the Clinton campaign in her role as a Democratic operative and DNC vice chair.
“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen,” she wrote. “But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret.”
WikiLeaks posted emails from Brazile to the Clinton campaign that tipped them off that a woman from Flint, Michigan, would ask Clinton about the situation there for a town hall. Brazile also told the campaign that Clinton would be asked about the death penalty at a separate town hall.
CNN dropped Brazile as a contributor after the revelations. When the email alerting the Clinton campaign about the death penalty question was released, Brazile suggested the documents were “misinformation.”
Brazile’s op-ed in Time argued that Russia’s hack of the DNC played out “exactly” as Russians hoped.
“Staff were harassed, morale suffered, and we lost weeks of planning,” she wrote. “Donors were harassed, and fundraising fell off.”
She added the emails furthered the divide between Clinton supporters and Sanders supporters.
“By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton,” she wrote. “Despite the strong, public support I received from top Sanders campaign aides in the wake of those leaks, the media narrative played out just as the Russians had hoped, leaving Sanders supporters understandably angry and sowing division in our ranks.”