Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLongtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign manager during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential run says in a new interview that he was shocked by revelations from former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Even the Post Office is political now | Primary action tonight | Super PACS at war Should Biden consider a veteran for vice president? Biden leads Trump by nearly 40 points in California: poll MORE's control of the DNC.

Jeff Weaver told CNN on Friday that while most Sanders campaign staffers knew the DNC favored Clinton, the extent of the Clinton campaign's control of the party apparatus was unknown.

"It was obviously a shocking revelation," Weaver said on CNN Friday.


"It was pretty clear that they were on the Clinton side ... I don't think any of us imagined that there was actually a formal arrangement giving the Clinton campaign control of the DNC," he added.

Weaver told CNN that while he has spoken to Sanders about the revelations from Brazile, the two men agreed that reforming the party ahead of the 2020 election is the party's best hope.

Brazile took over the DNC on an interim basis after the Democratic convention last year when former chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) stepped down.

In an excerpt of a forthcoming book published Thursday in Politico, she criticized the financial agreement the DNC had forged with Clinton. 

“The funding arrangement [between Clinton's camp and the DNC] was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” Brazile wrote.

“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead. This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.”