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Donna Brazile Backs Down From 2016 Campaign Criticism

(CBS News)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 12:09 PM

Former acting Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile appeared to back down from her claims that the party's nomination process for last year's presidential election was designed to favor Hillary Clinton in a new interview.

Less than a week after Brazile revealed that a secret agreement between the DNC and the Clinton campaign gave the latter control over the party's finances and fundraising, she told CBS News Tuesday morning that the nomination process was not rigged and that the party itself was simply having a "family squabble."

After explaining how the agreement hampered her ability to spend money on the election to help Democratic causes, Brazile said, "I found no instances that the party rigged the process, and I wanted to make sure that Bernie [Sanders] and his supporters understood that."

"I'm a member of the Democratic establishment," she continued. "I'm on the rules committee. It is a fair fight."

Brazile's new book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House," provides details about the aforementioned agreement. She appeared to be angry with Clinton and members of her campaign in her book.

"I was very upset at the time," she said Tuesday. "Like most campaigns, we have family squabbles. I fought with my family."

During Tuesday's interview, Brazile explained why she called Sanders, who finished second to Clinton in the Democratic primaries, last September to explain the secret agreement she had discovered.

"I called Bernie to explain to him that there was cancer that I could not destroy. And I could not destroy it because of this memorandum," she said.

"I had two choices to make, and I think Bernie agreed with me, one was to expose it and expunge it and then disrupt the party in September of 2016, or to wait until the election was over with."

Before the agreement was signed between the DNC and the Clinton campaign, the party's finances were in dire straits. Brazile, who was caught leaking a debate question to the Clinton campaign in March 2016, credited that campaign with saving the party.

"The party was broke, and she gave the party a lifeline of resources in order for us to compete," Brazile said.

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Former acting Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile appeared to back down from her claims that the party's nomination process for last year's presidential election was designed to favor Hillary Clinton in a new interview.
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