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Brazile: DNC staffers got death threats after email hack

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Interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Donna Brazile says DNC staffers’ lives “were threatened” following Russia’s hacking campaign last year.

“When it comes to the staff of the Democratic Party, I will stand by them. They are the best and the brightest, the hardest working, the most dedicated, and — let me say this — the most courageous people I know,” Brazile told DNC members on Friday, according to Politico.

“I watched for the last seven months people who came to work after their lives were threatened. After they had to deal with bomb threats, after they had to deal with people who wanted to murder them … they came to work for you, they didn’t back down, and I will never back down for them.”

{mosads}The internal documents and communications revealed by the hackers suggested that a number of high ranking Democratic officials were plotting to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in his bid to defeat Hillary Clinton in the party’s presidential primary.

Brazile delivered her comments ahead of the vote to elect new party leadership. The two front-runners for the DNC chair, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, are considered by many to represent the competing factions within the Democratic Party.

Ellison, an early back of Sanders’s presidential campaign, has the backing of Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other top progressives. Perez, who worked for President Obama, is seen as the choice of the Obama-Clinton factions of the party.

“So don’t start anymore of this dis-unified party, we are unified,” Brazile said. “We are going to elect new officers tomorrow who are going to lead us forward.”  

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