Leaked Email Suggests Clinton Camp Got Heads-Up on CNN Town Hall Question
Donna Brazile, formerly of CNN, denies the allegation.
Leaked emails are now revealing the Clinton campaign's communications with the media and TV personalities, including interim DNC chair and former CNN commentator Donna Brazile.
In one exchange - seen among hacked emails released by WikiLeaks - Brazile wrote to Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri before a CNN town hall event with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
"From time to time I get the questions in advance," Brazile wrote, identifying a potential question on the death penalty that "worried" her.
"Yes, it is one she gets asked about," Palmieri responded. "Not everyone likes her answer but can share it."
Palmieri then asked a staffer to send Brazile the proposed answer. At that time, Brazile was DNC vice chair while also working for CNN.
At the town hall event the next day, Roland Martin asked a question with very similar wording.
Brazile is strongly denying that the emails in question are evidence that she tipped off the campaign about the question.
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Brazile said in a statement she "never had access" to questions and never would have shared them even if she did. She argued that the WikiLeaks documents have not been authenticated and that Russia is working with Julian Assange's organization to influence the outcome of the presidential election.
Howard Kurtz said this morning that he spoke to Brazile and she told him that CNN on-air contributors "don't get anywhere near" the town hall event process.
Though it seems there was coordination by reading the emails, both she and CNN are strongly denying it, he explained.
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