Perez: Brazile claims about Clinton's health 'without merit'

Perez: Brazile claims about Clinton's health 'without merit'
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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE in a Sunday show interview questioned the claims in a forthcoming book by former DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile, calling one surrounding Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Gloria Steinem: Selection of Kamala Harris recognizes that 'black women ... are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party' MORE’s health “without merit.”

“I don’t know what Donna Brazile fell for, but all I know is under the rules and bylaws of the Democratic National Committee, she couldn’t have done this,” Perez told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to a report that said Brazile considered replacing Clinton with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE.

The Washington Post on Saturday reported that Brazile’s forthcoming book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE in the White House,” includes concerns the former chairwoman had about Clinton’s health.

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But Perez during the interview on “Meet the Press” said Clinton was “tireless” and “a workhorse” during the campaign.

“Hillary Clinton was anything but incapacitated. She was tireless. She was a workhorse and frankly what saddens me about this as much as anything is I think people who read that charge, which is just without merit, are going to perhaps start wondering about other claims in the book,” Perez said.

In an excerpt from her book published in Politico, Brazile described an agreement she discovered between Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, and the joint fundraising committee that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.” 

“The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement 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.”

The explosive revelation has renewed criticism from supporters of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.), who mounted an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Former Clinton staffers have pushed back on the revelations detailed in Brazile's book, saying they "do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book."