Donna Brazile appeared to have leaked a question to Hillary Clinton in advance of a CNN Democratic primary debate in March, hacked emails suggest.
Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, appeared to tip off Hillary Clinton’s campaign about a question in advance of a CNN Democratic primary debate in March, hacked emails published by WikiLeaks on Monday suggested.
“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” Brazile emailed John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, and Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director.
Brazile added: “Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.”
That exact question was not asked the next night at the debate in Flint, Michigan. But Mikki Wade, a public-housing program manager who subsequently said in an interview that her son had developed a rash from the contaminated water, asked Clinton about the situation with the water in Flint.
“If elected president, what course will you take to regain my trust in government?” Wade asked.
In October, another WikiLeaks email suggested that Brazile leaked a question to Clinton in advance of a CNN town-hall event in Ohio.
Brazile denied doing so, but an email later showed she had access to the exact wording of a question from TV One moderator Roland Martin. CNN suggested Brazile had perhaps obtained the question from Martin.
“I’ll send a few more,” Brazile said in an email at the time. “Though some questions Roland submitted.”
At the time of the debate and town hall, Brazile was a CNN contributor and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.