Sunday, July 24, 2016

Democratic Party Chair to Lose Convention Role in Wake of E-Mail Leak and Resigns

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer preside over the Party's Convention this week after a leak of Democratic Party emails appeared to show efforts to actively discredit Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' campaign.

Lingering bitterness from the heated Primary campaign between Clinton and Sanders erupted after more than 19,000 leaked DNC emails seemed to confirm Sanders' frequent charge that the DNC played favorites in the race.

The cache of emails leaked on Friday by the WikiLeaks website revealed DNC officials explored ways to undermine Sanders' insurgent Presidential campaign, including raising questions about whether Sanders, who is Jewish, was really an atheist.

The Party's Rules Committee rescinded Wasserman Schultz's role as the Chair of the Convention, which begins Monday, and will replace her with Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Congresswoman.

Schultz will now step down as Democratic Party Chair after the Convention ends.

In a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the Convention in Philadelphia. She also says she will speak at the four-day gathering. Then at the end of the Convention, she will step down.

Donna Brazile stepping in as interim Chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately. As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role," a CNN spokeswoman said in an email on Sunday.

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