By now, you’ve probably heard about the 20,000+ emails that have been released by Wiki Leaks. The emails paint a disturbing and embarrassing picture of the part on the eve of the Democratic National Convention to nominate Hillary Clinton as the party’s official nominee for President of the United States.
The emails show a systematic abuse of party resources in order to sabotage Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign as well as numerous other fraudulent and demeaning email strings.
Following the release of the emails it has been announced that the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, will resign her position after the this week’s convention wraps up.
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Wasserman Schultz said in her statement.
“As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans,” she said. “We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had.”
Wasserman Schultz had faced intense pressure Sunday to resign her post, several Democratic leaders told CNN, urging her to quell a growing controversy threatening to disrupt Clinton’s nominating convention.
The news could be devastating to Democrats. A major change in party leadership just months from a presidential election will likely hurt the stability of the party and surely hamper fundraising efforts going forward.
The Democratic National Committee has canceled all of Wasserman Schultz’s appearances at the convention as well as all scheduled television broadcasts that she was supposed to do this week. This will leave the Democrats without one of their biggest public speaking proponents at a time when she is most needed.
Julian Castro, who is currently the Housing Secretary, has been floated by Democratic insiders as a possible immediate replacement for Wasserman Schultz.
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But the seemingly disgraced Wasserman Schultz has already landed on her feet, earning the role of “honorary chair” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie,” Clinton said in a statement. “Which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states.”
JUST IN: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign https://t.co/vyDhVBodgQ
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CNN’s Jake Tapper has been very hard on the DNC for the email scandal: