On Monday, CNN announced that it is “completely uncomfortable” with hacked emails showing its former contributor Donna Brazile sharing debate questions with the Clinton campaign before both a debate and a town hall during the Democratic primary.
Brazile submitted her resignation on Monday. CNN had suspended her contract when she became the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee this summer in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest.
Hacked emails released by WikiLeaks show the former CNN contributor sharing with the campaign a question that would be posed to Hillary Clinton before the March Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, and again sharing a question a possible question prior to the Town Hall which also took place in March.
In a statement, CNN spokesperson Lauren Pratapas said that the network accepted Brazile’s resignation on more than two weeks ago, on October 14. She also stated that CNN never provided Brazile with any questions or other material in advance of either event.
“On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. (Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.) 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.”
“Thank You CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.”
Thank you @CNN. Honored to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network. Godspeed to all my former colleagues.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 31, 2016
As to how Brazile may have ended up with information regarding the questions, one CNN employee speaking on condition of anonymity, suggested that she may have met the woman who was supposed to pose the question about lead poisoning during an event held the day before the debate in Flint.
As to the Town Hall event, a follow up email from Brazile which was also released by WikiLeaks on Monday points to Roland Martin, one of the moderators of the Town Hall, as the potential source of the question.