Ex-DNC chair reveals how Clinton 'rigged' Dem Primary

  • Ex-DNC chair reveals how Clinton 'rigged' Dem Primary

Ex-DNC chair reveals how Clinton 'rigged' Dem Primary

Hillary Clinton took control of the National Democratic Party and its money in August 2015, long before she secured the presidential nomination, said former party interim chair Donna Brazile, and used that power to deny Bernie Sanders any chance of defeating her in the primary. She has set forth what she found in a new book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House".

"I told Bernie I had found Hillary's Joint Fundraising Agreement", she wrote.

In the passage, Brazile outlines how she first discovered the joint fundraising agreement between Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC that created the Hillary Victory Fund.

The agreement-signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias-specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party's finances, strategy, and all the money raised.

'Obama left the party $24 million in debt-$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly.

"This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party's integrity", Ms Brazile said about the arrangement.

Following Debbie Wasserman Schultz's July resignation ahead of the 2016 national convention, Brazile stepped in to helm the Democratic Party. The reason for this state of affairs was that the #Hillary Clinton campaign, with the passive cooperation of #Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had seized control of the DNC and its fundraising apparatus and was using money usually reserved for down-ballot races for its own purposes.

"Had I known this, I never would have accepted the interim chair position, but here we were with only weeks before the election", write Brazile. "But what we've got to do as Democrats now, we've got to hold this party accountable".

Sanders' campaign also signed an agreement, but decided against raising money for the DNC and state parties.

"(Schultz) let Clinton's headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired", Brazile wrote. Many of those emails described above came after it was abundantly clear that Clinton would be the nominee, barring a massive and nearly impossible shift in primary votes.

"Bernie took this stoically", she added.

Jeff Weaver, who served as Sanders' campaign manger, said Thursday Brazile's book "confirms what many understood to be the case". "What are we going to do going forward, and are we going to build a Democratic Party that really is there for all of us?" "One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that is totally fair and transparent for everybody". She said the only way the party survived was from the money Mrs. Clinton's campaign was providing.