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Brazile: Dem primary was not rigged because no votes were overturned

Brazile: Dem primary was not rigged because no votes were overturned
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Former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Donna Brazile argued Monday that her party’s 2016 presidential primary process was not rigged because none of the votes were overturned.

Speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, Brazile clarified the section of her book that appeared to allege the Democratic Party’s primary had been rigged in Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE’s favor. Brazile argued that the primary was not rigged because despite internal issues at the DNC, Clinton won because of support from voters.

“And I concluded that it was not rigged because the votes for Hillary Clinton came from you the voters, you the voters. I found no evidence of one vote being overturned by what was happening internally,” Brazile said.

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“But what I did find, what made me very very upset at the time, was that this agreement meant that the Hillary campaign would control the DNC finances. And I did not like that."

The remarks are the latest wrinkle in the fallout from Brazile’s new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE in the White House,” which includes revelations about the 2016 Democratic presidential primary that has roiled the party.

In an excerpt published prior to the book’s release, Brazile described a joint fundraising agreement between Clinton’s campaign, the Clinton joint fundraising committee and the DNC that said the campaign would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”

The agreement was signed in August of 2015, Brazile said, effectively giving Clinton’s campaign control of the DNC nearly one year before she secured the nomination after a competitive primary battle with Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP MORE (I-Vt.). The excerpt caused Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPavlich: The left’s identity politics fall apart Graham: It would be 'like, terrible' if a DNA test found I was Iranian Iranian-American group calls on Graham to apologize for 'disgusting' DNA remark MORE (D-Mass.) to say she believed the primary was rigged, a claim she has since walked back.

“By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart,” Brazile wrote in the excerpt of her book.

However, several days after the excerpt was published, Brazile denied that the party’s primary was rigged — an apparent backtrack from the implication in that section of her book, which has caused much confusion within her own party.

During the Monday remarks in Chicago, Brazile emphasized that she authored her new book out of concern about the hacking at the DNC, which had its emails released by WikiLeaks before the presidential election.

“But if this book will raise awareness about hacking and how you all need to protect your identity, get the two step certification, let alone understand the country needs to be protected,” Brazile said. “Our data banks, our election systems, this is the purpose of writing this book, not to open old wounds.”