Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's announcement that she would step down
from her seat after the party's convention wraps up this week signals a "new beginning," but still, the emails that were sent between committee members and leaked this week through Wikileaks showed the damages the DNC did to Bernie Sanders' race, his campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Sunday.
"I think what the signal was today is that the voices of Bernie Sanders supporters have been heard," Weaver told CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Sunday
. "And other people, frankly, in the party, Hillary Clinton supporters, who felt this was the last straw, that she had to go, and this shows they have been heard and gives us opportunity to move forward toward November -- united to deal with the problem of Donald Trump."
The Sanders campaign, though, was "made more difficult by people with their thumb on the scale," Weaver said, but "this does demonstrate is that the party's willing to move forward, start anew. They're listening to the voters."
Earlier this year, after Sanders and his campaign accused the DNC of not treating them fairly, Schultz insisted that the committee was "neutral" based on its rules and that she was working to "neutrally manage the primary."
Clinton, during her first joint interview with running mate Tim Kaine on CBS' "60 Minutes," said she was especially concerned when she heard that in one of the leaked emails, a DNC official commented on Sanders' Jewish faith and questioned whether he believed in God.
"For Kentucky and West Virginia, can we get someone to ask his belief?" the email, purportedly from a senior DNC official, said. "This could make several points difference with my peeps."
Clinton insisted to CBS's Scott Pelley in the segment, which did not air but was published on the network's website
, that she "doesn't know anything" about the leaked emails and has not read them, but such an email would be "absolutely wrong and unacceptable."
And Kaine, himself a former DNC committee chairman, commented that nobody in either the DNC or the Republican National Committee is "a complete agnostic, who doesn't have an opinion about a candidate ... but there's a difference ... between that and trying to alter the outcome."
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