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Clinton aide: ‘We’re moving on’ from Wasserman Schultz

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A top aide to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign says Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was right to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“Well, look, she has done, I think, what she needs to do, which is resign as chair of the party,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

{mosads}“Under the rules, she the right to … open the convention,” he added. “She’s going to do that. You know, look, I think that was her choice. And I think we’re moving on. Look, we’re excited about what’s happening tonight.”

Wasserman Schultz on Sunday announced she would resign from the DNC after the four-day Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. The move came two days after WikiLeaks published 20,000 internal DNC emails, including some that appeared to show top officials discussing ways to undermine Bernie Sanders during his race against Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination.

While Wasserman Schultz has said she intends to speak at the convention, protesters heartily booed her Monday morning as she tried to address the Florida delegation, leading to questions about whether she should have any role on the convention stage.

Sanders has repeatedly accused Wasserman Schultz and the DNC of tipping the scales in Clinton’s favor during the contentious Democratic primary battle.

Podesta said appointing a new DNC chief would help Democrats unify for the general election battle against Republican nominee Donald Trump. 

“It’s best for Hillary Clinton that we have a new chair of the party,” he said. 

Podesta said Wasserman Schultz can still play a role in helping Clinton win the Oval Office.

“She’ll go out. She’ll campaign where she’s welcome, and we’ll move on from there.”

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