Tucker Carlson to Brazile: 'That’s the greatest spin I’ve ever heard'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile was engaging in "the greatest spin [he's] ever heard" after she claimed she passed "things" along to assist not only Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE but also Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Kasich: There’s a disease in American politics MORE and Martin O'Malley.

The conversation turned to Brazile's role in passing along town hall debate questions to the Clinton campaign on two occasions during the primary season as revealed by WikiLeaks email dumps in 2016 shortly before the election.

"Tucker, WikiLeaks sought to divide us. These were active measures where you got to see the things I gave to Hillary; you never got a chance to see the things I gave to Bernie or Martin O'Malley," Brazile told Carlson.


"You know what, I’m totally happy, you bring those and I will put them on the show anytime," Carlson replied.

"What I sought to do, Tucker, was to ensure that we had these issues on the table, and I made sure that our candidates — I didn't want them blindsided," Brazile added later in the interview. "That's what I admitted to."

"That’s the greatest spin I’ve ever heard. 'I didn’t want them blindsided.' That’s so good. You should do this for a living! That is hilarious," Carlson said, laughing.

At several points of the interview, Carlson and Brazile acknowledged knowing each other on a personal level. At one point, each worked at CNN while Carlson was the co-host of the debate program "Crossfire."

Town hall debates hosted by CNN were held on March 6 and March 13, 2016. On both occasions, WikiLeaks dumps of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails revealed Brazile, while at CNN, sent questions to the campaign. 

"From time to time I get the questions in advance,” she wrote Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri at the time. 

CNN issued a statement after the WikiLeaks dump in October of 2016 insisting it "never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate."

The network also said it was "very uncomfortable" with the revelations. Brazile was told she would not be welcome back at the network after her tenure as DNC chairwoman ended.

In an excerpt from her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE in the White House," Brazile explains how she was tasked with investigating the DNC after hacked emails suggested the Clinton campaign fixed the nomination.

“By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart,” Brazile wrote, referring to Clinton's main opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

The book was released on November 7.