Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile has apologized for leaked emails that targeted Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign.

“On behalf of the party, I wanted to apologize for the salacious and sensitive, very mean-spirited emails that were referenced to in the WikiLeaks,” she told Fox News on Monday from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


Brazile, who will take over as interim chairwoman when Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns from the post after this week's gathering, said Democrats must not let the content of the messages divide them ahead of the general election.

“Now look, we all know the party’s emails were hacked,” she said. "We all know that they are being selectively leaked. We also know that they have been tampered with.

“I do believe, as a party, we have to make sure that the material information that gets out is not harmful to the party and the party’s opportunity this fall to win the election.”

Wasserman Schultz abandoned plans to open the party's convention just hours before it was set to begin. Earlier Monday, the Florida congresswoman was repeatedly interrupted and booed as she sought to speak to her home-state convention delegation.
Wasserman Schultz was expected to have some sort of role at the convention but told the Sun Sentinel Monday afternoon that she would no longer appear to open the convention. 

The drama kicking off the convention comes after the release of internal emails from top DNC officials that showed aides rooting for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE over Sanders in the primary — leading to those on both sides of the aisle saying the system was fixed. 

Brazile rejected GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE’s claim that the Democratic presidential primary was “rigged” against Sanders.

“Well, as you know, Mr. Trump makes statements at times that are not accurate,” she said. “The truth is that the Democratic Party, we have a very open process."

WikiLeaks last Friday published a trove of 20,000 emails spanning the DNC’s communications from January to late May.

Some of the messages showed top DNC officials seemingly undermining Sanders’s presidential campaign.

Sanders’s camp has repeatedly accused Wasserman Schultz of tipping the scales in favor of Clinton.

Wasserman Schultz on Sunday said she would resign later this week, after the Democratic convention ends.