By NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
“If I were the attorney questioning the Democratic Party’s latest snitch, Donna Brazile, during a deposition, a hearing or a criminal court proceeding about her book’s allegations or her later contradiction when her fellow Democrats were dumbfounded and their news media cohorts played down Brazile’s revelation I’d have one key question. I would ask Brazile: ‘Were you lying then [when writing your book] or are you lying now?’ I venture to say she lied both times: in her fairy tale book and her subsequent statements.” —Former police officer and county prosecutor Jeffrey Siegel
Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman and close Clinton family associate Donna Brazile said on Sunday she refuses to be silent while plugging her new book and the critics who say she betrayed her colleagues can just “go to hell.” While devoted followers of Bill and Hillary Clinton called her a “snitch” or “rat, Brazile asks, “Why am I supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story?”
“I’m going to tell my story,” Brazile told her friend and fellow Clinton minion George Stephanopoulos, the anchorman on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“This is a story of a young girl who started in American politics at the age of 9, who continues to fight each and every week of her life,” she said with her usual lack of modesty.
The ex-DNC chair has come under fire by some critics for her tell-all book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
“The only thing I found, which I said, I found the cancer, but I’m not killing the patient, was this memorandum that prevented the DNC from running its own operation,” she told Stephanopoulos..
There is also the book’s story about a scrutinized financial relationship with Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well as Brazile’s plot to swap the former secretary of state for Vice President Joe Biden.
The book’s revelations prompted Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a former vice chairwoman of the DNC, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to complain that the Democratic primary process was rigged to favor Clinton over socialist Bernie Sanders.
On Thursday CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Warren if she believed that the Democratic campaign organization took action favoring Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders, Warren said one word: “Yes.”
“We learned today from the former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile that the Clinton campaign, in her view, did rig the presidential nominating process by entering into an agreement to control day-to-day operations at the DNC,” Tapper said, continuing on to describe specific arms of the DNC the Clinton camp had a say over, including strategy and staffing, noting that the agreement was “entered into in August of 2015,” months before Clinton won the nomination.
“I don’t think she [Warren] meant to use the word ‘rigged,’” Brazile said.
Brazile took over as chairwoman of the DNC in late July 2016 from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is under investigation for her part in a computer case involving three Pakistani brothers she hired to work on computers used by Democratic Party lawmakers.
Some leaked emails showed the DNC was leaning toward Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).
She also mentioned during the ABC News that her book also details the existence of contingency plans to replace Clinton with Biden after she fainted at the 9/11 Memorial just weeks before the election. “I didn’t want a Plan B,” Brazile said of the plot. “Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary and I wanted her to win, but we were under pressure.”
She also said that her vision of a Biden ticket with a Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) never materialized. “The bottom line is she resumed campaigning,” she said. “I went on TV to say the campaign was back on track.”
Brazile ran the DNC until February 2017. She was replaced by former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, whose boisterous public persona includes using profanity during televised campaign or rally speeches. While appearing on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Perez called the idea that Clinton was physically unwell was ridiculous. “I have great respect for Donna… she’s done a lot for the party,” Perez said.
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