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Warner: 'I don't believe the Democratic Party is corrupt'

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Is there a difference between good and bad online election targeting? Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel MORE (D-Va.) on Sunday pushed back against recent claims from former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Donna Brazile that the party’s presidential primary was rigged in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race MORE’s favor.

“I don’t believe the Democratic Party is corrupt. I believe the Democratic Party is best when it’s forward leaning,” Warner said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

In her newly released book, Brazile said she discovered evidence showing the Democratic nomination had been rigged to favor Clinton over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Live coverage: Gillum clashes with DeSantis in Florida debate Miami Herald endorses Gillum for governor MORE (I-Vt.).

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Brazile said she learned of an agreement between the DNC and the Clinton campaign that would allow the latter to control the party’s finances and fundraising.

Warner on Sunday downplayed Brazile’s comments, saying he’s focused on supporting Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate in Tuesday’s election for Virginia governor.

“I’ve seen some of the press reports. What I’m a lot more focused on, we’ve got a really critical election coming up in two days in Virginia where we elect a governor,” Warner said. “For a lot of folks in Virginia who are frustrated with what’s going on, particularly from this administration, the most important thing they can do is get out and vote on Tuesday and hopefully elect Ralph Northam governor.”