Donna Brazile May Have Sent Debate Question to Clinton Camp; Resigns From CNN

By Chris Ariens 

In another WikiLeaks email dump today, there is a purported email from Donna Brazile to Hillary Clinton‘s campaign about one of the questions that would be asked at a CNN democratic debate on March 6, 2016. At the time, Brazile was a CNN political analyst. (She was temporarily suspended in July when she was named interim DNC chair.)

In the email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri, sent one day before the debate, Brazile explicitly states what one of the questions will be about:


According to a debate transcript a woman named Lee-Anne Walters asked this:

“After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines.”

Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton answered, with Clinton saying in part, “I want us to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead wherever it is because it’s not only in water systems, it’s also in soil, and it’s in lead paint that is found mostly in older homes. That’s why 500,000 children today have lead — lead in their bodies.”

This is the second time a Brazile email has put her role at CNN in the spotlight. Earlier this month, also according to WikiLeaks, Brazile wrote to Palmieri that a question about the death penalty would come up at a CNN town hall on March 12. At the time, CNN pointed the finger at its partner TV One, whose anchor Roland Martin asked the question about the death penalty.

CNN’s Jake Tapper, who was a co-host of that town hall, called any leaking of questions “horrifying.”

More from CNN: On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.