Donna Brazile is a Democratic operative who landed a gig as a commentator at CNN. The Wikileak trove of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s e-mails includes Brazile giving him a question that would be asked in the CNN-hosted Town Hall debate.
Earlier Wikileaks seemed to indicate that she was leaking questions in earlier debates, but Brazile and CNN both strongly denied it. But there is no question about what this e-mail says.
So CNN and Brazile have severed ties.
CNN has severed ties with Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a longtime contributor on the network, after hacked emails revealed Brazile provided questions in advance to Hillary Clinton‘s campaign during the Democratic primary debates on CNN.
Brazile actually resigned on Oct. 14, a CNN spokesperson confirmed. Her deal had been suspended in July when she took over for ousted DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“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,” said a network spokesperson in a statement.Brazile also was an on-air contributor on ABC News, where she was a frequent presence at the This Week roundtable. And like CNN, the network suspended her contract when she took the reigns at the DNC. It’s unclear if ABC News also will make the separation permanent.
Wikileaks first published an email earlier this month that appeared to show Brazile sharing a question about the death penalty for the network’s March 12 debate. She seemed to identify Roland Martin, a former CNN contributor and current TV One anchor who was among the debate moderators, as the source of the question. At that time, Brazile, CNN and Martin all denied that there was any question sharing going on.
“To be perfectly clear we have never, ever given a town hall question to anyone beforehand,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement released Oct. 11. Martin told Politico that he did not share his questions: “My executive producer wasn’t even aware of what I was going to ask.”