Brazile lashes out at CNN

Brazile lashes out at CNN
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Donna Brazile says CNN ripped her “a new one” and didn't allow her to defend herself against allegations she provided the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE campaign with debate questions in advance of two contests.

“I wish CNN had given me some other things, like the ability to defend myself rather than ripping me a new one,” the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said at an event at Hollins University in Virginia on Monday, according to the Roanoke Times.


“CNN never gave me a question,” added Brazile, who served as a CNN contributor before taking the interim position at the DNC.  

The allegations against Brazile surfaced after stolen emails from Clinton campaign chief John Podesta dumped by WikiLeaks showed senior Clinton campaign officials receiving tips about debate questions from Brazile. 

The longtime Democrat passed along information about questions before a debate between Clinton and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersO'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail O'Rourke not planning, but not ruling out big fundraisers MORE (I-Vt.) on March 6 and before a town-hall event on March 13 of this year. Both events were either sponsored or co-sponsored by CNN.

CNN has denied that it gave Brazil access to any debate questions.

“CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate,” a CNN spokeswoman said in October. 

But the incident appeared to embarrass the network. CNN President Jeff Zucker described Brazile’s interactions with the Clinton campaign, as reflected in the WikiLeaks emails, as “unethical” and “disgusting” during an editorial meeting, according to a Nov. 1 story in the Huffington Post.

Brazile tendered her resignation to CNN on Oct. 14. The network announced the resignation publicly on Oct. 31.