According to Donna Brazile, a former Democratic Party chairman, the presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was rigged to ensure Clinton scored the nomination. The claim was made on Thursday after Brazile followed through on a “promise” made to Sanders and based on documents discovered during her research into the issue.
As reported by Fox News, Brazile, a onetime Clinton confidante, wrote a piece for Politico Magazine that discussed the discovery.
Brazile said, “By Sept. 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.”
The proof Brazile referred to was a joint fundraising agreement forged between the Hillary Victory Fund, Hillary for America, and the DNC. The document was reportedly signed in August 2015, approximately four months before Clinton announced she was running for president and about a year prior to her securing the nomination.
“The agreement – signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias – specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” said Brazile. “Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff.”
In 2016, Brazile assumed the position of interim DNC chairman after Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Representative, was forced out after emails indicated the organization had unfairly favored Clinton during the primary. Brazile began to seek out “evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary.”
According to DNC spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa, DNC policy states the organization is not to take sides during primaries.
“The DNC must remain neutral in the presidential primary process, and there shouldn’t even be a perception that the DNC is interfering in that process,” said Hinojosa. She also asserted that joint fundraising committees were created with the Clinton and Sanders campaigns, though Clinton was the only one who raised money for the party.
Brazile stated that the arrangement between the DNC and Clinton “was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity.” She said it’s common for such agreements to be made between candidates and the DNC, but usually not until after they’ve secured the nomination, making it not “illegal, but it sure looked unethical,” according to Brazile.
She added, “If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead.”