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Priebus: Clinton Likely Knew DNC Was Pulling for Her

Priebus: Clinton Likely Knew DNC Was Pulling for Her
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By    |   Monday, 25 July 2016 07:57 AM

It's likely Hillary Clinton "knew full well" the Democratic National Committee was working in favor of her campaign.

Even though now she and other are "going to sort of act like they didn't know what was going on," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday.

"They knew exactly what was going on," Priebus told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program, on the day after the news broke that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was to step down in the wake of a trove of leaked emails showing the committee's work toward Clinton over challenger Bernie Sanders.

Priebus said he believes Clinton and her campaign will call for an investigation, when "the truth is they were benefitting from it all," and Clinton's campaign was communicating regularly with senior DNC staffers.

"If people were out there in favor of Bernie Sanders, they should be outraged by what they saw here at the DNC," Priebus said.

Sanders has not rescinded his endorsement of Clinton following the revelations about the DNC, but Priebus said he expects the Vermont senator will change some of what had planned to say in his address to the Democratic convention Monday night.

"Otherwise you're just laying down, just a puppy dog for the party," Priebus said. "I don't think he's a puppy dog."

Schultz will become an "honorary" chairperson for the Clinton campaign's 50-state program to gain and elect Democrats nationwide, Clinton said in a statement Sunday. In addition, Clinton thanked her "longtime friend" for her DNC leadership, news Priebus said shows "she was in the tank the whoel time anyway."

The ties between Clinton and Schultz go back a long time, and include Schultz co-chairing Clinton's 2008 election bid for the White House against then-Sen. Barack Obama.

"It's also probably a made-up position that people do when folks transition out of embarrassing situations," Priebus said of Schultz' new role with Clinton.

The chairman said a similar situation with leaked emails would not happen with him, as he does not communicate much that way.

"My staff has all the passwords to all of my e-mail accounts, and so when you send me an e-mail, a lot of people can see the email," Priebus said. "I know that. I don't write a whole lot in return."

Moving forward, Priebus said he is not going to make believe there was not "a lot of bruising" in the heated Republican Party, and "we have healing to do."

"We ultimately chose the candidate that had that sort of grassroots momentum of change that really changed a lot of the entire primary season for the Republican Party," said Priebus. "The difference is they didn't, and they suppressed those people on the other side. They're going to try to force feed these folks in Philadelphia this soup they don't want to eat."

Priebus believes Americans have concluded he and the RNC have "played it down the middle" when it comes to the GOP's side of the race.

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