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Email leaks force Democratic chairwoman to resign

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    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., announced she would step down as DNC chairwoman at the end of the party’s convention. Her resignation follows the leak of some 19,000 emails, presumably stolen by hackers and posted to the website Wikileaks, that suggest the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

PHILADELPHIA >> Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday afternoon that she would quit as head of the party this week, after leaked emails appeared to show bias against Bernie Sanders during his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton.

“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.”

Wasserman Schultz, a member of the U.S. House from Florida, had been under pressure to resign. The controversy threatened turmoil on the eve of the party convention in Philadelphia, designed to show unity.

Earlier, Wasserman Schultz was removed as permanent chair of the convention, to be replaced by U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio.

In a statement, Clinton said she was grateful to Wasserman Schultz for getting “the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership.”

Sanders and his backers have long accused Wasserman Schultz’s DNC of putting its thumb on the scale to help Clinton. The party apparatus is supposed to remain impartial in contested races for the nomination.

Earlier Sunday, Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz to resign.

“I told you long time ago that the DNC was not running a fair operation, that they were supporting Secretary Clinton,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.” “So what I suggested to be true six months ago turned out to be true.”

Sanders later said in a statement that Wasserman Schultz made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party.

“While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people,” Sanders said. “The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Wasserman Schultz said her resignation would take effect after the convention. Party officials said she would gavel the gathering to order Monday and close it on Thursday, but would have no major speaking role.

A trove of 20,000 emails of top DNC officials released Friday by Wikileaks backed up the fears of Sanders’ campaign. They showed DNC staffers suggesting attacking Sanders on his religious beliefs, and planning to scuttle a previously agreed to debate before the June 3 California primary because that was what Clinton’s team wanted.

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    • As everyone has expected for two past two years, Debbie Wasserman, and the Democrat party have been in the tank for Clinton. Bernie supporters should be outraged.. They never had a chance. If the RNC behaved this way, Chris Mathews, Rachel Madcow, and the entire cnn staff, would be apoplectic. Just another typical day for the Dems of lying and cheating, and the reason Clinton is going to get smoked in November. Folks have had it with their crooked ways. For the Clintons, it’s business as usual. For America, it’s enough!

    • Baloney, if it take a computer hack to show that Schultz is biased, then Schultz was very unbiased in her behavior.

      That is what counts. Even the state democratic party chair in Hawaii is a Sanders campaign worker. We know how he is biased. But what he says and does should not reflect his bias. His private comments and his private email are off-limits to this kind of scrutiny.

        • Difference is as we speak Bernie Sanders is a party man and was on with George Stephanoulos and has called The Chump the most unqualified person in his life time to be a presidential candidate. He has called for the ultimate defeat of the Chump. That’s what you call party unity and not the public embarrassment that we saw in Cleveland last week.

        • Bernie isn’t even a Democrat. Party unity haha. The Clinton ship is sinking and so far only BS is keeping it afloat. Emails, emails, emails. HiLIARy in big trouble. “Make America Great Again”

        • Sarge it doesn’t matter what you or I for that matter think or say. Bernie’s supporters will listen to him. He is a good and honorable man who no matter what will lead his supporters to the better choice who happens to be in this case HRC.

        • But will they follow him. That is big question. We shall see in the fullness of time. Bernie’s followers are not like the Clinton sheep and are strongly anti establishment.

        • I’m one staunch Bernie supporter who will certainly campaign against the orange bufo. As much as I’m disgusted with the DNC’s shoddy antics, that’s something we fix from inside the party — and we will. If the bufo gets into the oval office it’ll destroy America as we know it. No intra-party pilau politics will deter me from doing everything I can to prevent that disaster.

          This year we aren’t voting for the “better choice”, but the lesser of the evils. But politics is the art of the possible.

        • America is already destroyed, and it has destroyed the rest of the world too.
          #stillsanders

        • This is the same person in 2008 switched sides from Hillary to Obama? She must be either a nut, mixed-up individual or likes playing treasonable roles. Hopefully she can survive after all the switching she has done behind the scenes. Probably a survivor who relishes acting the “mata hari” ing’enue????

        • Hideous Hillary supporters are on the defense. The Trump campaign must keep them on their heels. 3 days ago you couldn’t shut her supporters up. Today, a little bit of rain and they DUCK for cover. Fair weather fans.

      • IRT Wiliki, where are you little Wiliki? Ms Schultz is a normal Democrat as you are, where you follow orders even to scr_w up a fellow Democrat, and get rewarded. I understand the that Ms Schultz is now hired by Ms Clinton to assist in the Nation wide campaign. Truly the fix was in on Mr. Sanders. And, of course, Hawaii born President Obama was an active player in the entire fix.

        • Clinton was, is the ring leader. To even think she didn’t know what was going on is ludicrous .

        • I sure hope this means we’ll not have to watch this bag from time to time in the news. There ain’t enough makeup in the world to fix Fugly.

    • As a friend of mine posted, “I gotta say: the worst of the DNC leaked emails aren’t nearly as bad as the things Donald Trump says every day in public.”

      • There is a big difference between chronic sneaky deceitful behavior and speaking your mind, even when it offends.
        I would much prefer the latter.

  • You have to say they moved fast and were decisive. No shenanigans and being accountable. Not like you know who. The other side did the same thing but unfortunately for them and their party it failed to dislodge the dictator candidate.

        • The dems are eating their own. Sit back and enjoy the show. Hang in their Bernie. Bye bye Debbie Does Dallas. Tulsi riding high.

        • IRT Wiliki, good morning Wiliki, it’s the Russians. Remember Gruber and WikiLeaks? And, they probably have all the emails of Ms Clinton from her unsecured server.

        • The issue is not who hacked the emails, the issue is the rotten behavior that they revealed. You can try to re-direct the conversation all you want, but everyone knows what the subject is.

        • Pretty jumpy about Russians aren’t you? Bet you even think they’re to blame for 911.

        • What actually is more sinister and dangerous is that our own FBI/Department of Justice, failed to acknowledge was exposed by an outsider “hack”. Wasserman just couldn’t delete the e-mails before it was hacked. Only a pro like H could hoodwink the FBI???????

        • Is it any wonder Obankster hired on AG Lynch???
          It’s all in the family of course….
          And it will be much much worse with the equally or even more insane Hildabeast.

          “As a reminder (again):
          The current Attorney General of the USA, Loretta Lynch, sat on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve’s Bank of New York from 2003 to 2005 under the then Bank President Tim Geithner.

          Ask Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase how it feels to commit felony after felony, and to have Holder and Lynch slap fines on the bank without ANY criminal prosecutions being brought against those who committed the crimes.

          Dimon also sat on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve’s Bank of New York.”

    • Nice try to deflect from your loser unconvicted felon candidate. The filth and slime of the Dem party is on full display! For once Tulsi was right, about Shultz anyway. Auwe!

  • The DNC challenging the RNC with “Bull S_ _ t”, I understand. But, within the same Party candidates is inexcusable. Look at HRP and support of the other Party and its candidates. It’s a sorry mess. Political leaders on both sides need a serious soul searching.

  • Utter nonsense to say “leaked emails appeared to show bias against Bernie Sanders during his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton.” Appeared? They showed absolutely, positively and without doubt that the DNC was not just biased against Sanders but that it was secretly working to defeat him in the primary.

  • Clinton: “Thanks for your service, Debbie.” “Thanks for your money, Wall Street.” “Thanks for your donations, Saudi Arabia.” “Thanks for the pass, Loretta.” “Thanks for the votes, Grubers.”

  • She should have resigned effective today instead of waiting until after the convention. Guess now Donna Brazil will be the temporary chair. Gabbard should have hung on as Vice Chairman and maybe she would have had a chance to become Chairman.
    Bet Wasserman not going to get re-elected this year.She blew it.

  • If the Russians and whoever else hacked the DNC they hacked Crooked Hillary’s private server. How many lives were lost and endangered because of her extreme carelessness?

        • Everyone knows HiLIARy’s email server was hacked. The Clinton ship is sinking and so far only BS is keeping it afloat. Emails, emails, emails. HiLIARy in big trouble. “Make America Great Again”

        • Everybody knows the Dept of State computer has been hacked. It’s a US Government computer.

        • “Julian Assange has made an incredible statement in an interview with ITV. Assange says that Wikileaks, the infamous whistle-blowing website, will soon be publishing documents that contain “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict Hillary Clinton, the expected Democratic nominee. ”

          Could be an interesting next few weeks.

  • ‘CROOKED’ Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    When is ‘crooked’ Hillary going to admit to her email scandal and step down?

    The whole party is corrupt.

  • In these leaked mails, why does the Democratic party concern about Bernie Sanders religious beliefs? Bernie is a socialist, meaning he is an “Atheist” does not believe in God.

    The Democratic party is anti-Christian which hold doctrines of murdering the unborn (Abortion) and supports perversion marriage (homosexual marriage). First in the bible, God says to “CHOOSE LIFE.” But the Democrats says its a women’s right to her womb, not God. On marriage, in the garden of Eden during the creation of the earth, God married the fit male and the first female and declare in a covenant that marriage is for one man and one woman. But the Democrats says
    Equality in Marriage.” You will not find a hint or anything about equality in marriage. So the Democrats disagree with God Almighty.
    At their last convention, God Almighty was booed because God was inserted in their doctrine which didn’t sit well with all Democrats at that convention.
    The Republicans open their convention with “The Pledge of Allegiance. The political correctness liberals of the Democrat party is offeneded by the Pledge of Allegiance. Heck I grew up with the Pledge attending Public school in Hawaii.
    So the antiChristian You will see homosexuals, lesbians ans transgenders all sinners before God taking part in this convention on Monday for four days.

  • The Donald will definitely run with this! He’ll run all the way to The White House.
    Poor Bernie was right all along. & I feel bad for him and his supporters.
    But?
    Take heart this is a good day for all Americans. Because the Democrats are imploding,caught in their dirty ……..LIES! At last! Yaaaayyyyy! Thanks Julian Assange and Wikileaks, you did a good service for the American people! Mahalo Nui.
    Let’s GO Donald mop it up and “Let’s Make America Great Again”! IMUA

    • In your dreams. Maybe anybody else but no way the Chump. Too undesciplined and unpredictable. Ultimate loose cannon and major threat to national security. Just the facts and nothing but the facts.

        • Polls have showed that the Chump is getting slammed by the minority vote. In fact he registers just above zero. No way in h-ll.

        • Keaukaha, you are racist. Why do you keep on bringing the minorities up all the time?
          This election is about right and wrong, not what color you are.

        • Tortured, mutilated, bodies dragged through the streets of Benghazi and keaukaha is hung up on the minority vote? He doesn’t get it.
          He must be one of Crooked Hilliary’ s disciples.

        • Because minority’s will make the difference of who will be the next POTUS and that is a fact. So you can go to your bedroom and cry yourself to sleep.

  • Attacking Sanders on his religious beliefs? Aren’t he and Ol’ lady Clinton both members of the church of socialism? You know, the religion that is like a 3 legged stool. The 1st leg is the ruling class who robs the taxpayer blind while re-assuring them that it’s patriotic to pay taxes. The 2nd leg are the progressive hipster types who are eager to demonstrate that they are compassionate and virtuous…with money they did not earn. And the 3rd leg are the lazy parasitic types who want a piece of the handout pie. Of course the loser in the application of these Marxist principals are the hard working, law abiding morally upstanding Americans.

  • It takes a liar to accept as normal the killing of the unborn. Also, it is impossible to not see how deranged the leaders of the (D) Party are, every one of them declares without exception that the unborn are unworthy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In all that they do, they choose death. It appears that the prayers of the righteous are prevailing against the tyrants of death, destruction, lies and falsehoods.

  • Good riddance. It should’ve happened a year ago before she did all this damage. Don’t let the revolving door hit ya in the collagen on your way out, Debbie.

  • The headline of the article, “Email leaks force Democratic chairwoman to resign,” should read, “Email CONTENT force Democratic chairwoman to resign.”

  • The only way this revelation came to light is because Russian hackers exposed it. What about the hundreds, if not thousands, of Democrats who received this biased silent endorsement? Where was the outcry from these purveyors of credibility? This blatant omission does not speak highly of their integrity and moral fortitude. If I were a Bernie supporter, I’d be livid! What, you expected better of them?

  • What a dilemma! Who to vote for? I dislike Trump and the Republican party, but I dislike Hillary and the Democratic party even more now with the fix in. Why do both parties force bad down our throats? Both Trump and Clinton are the most undeserving people to be President.

  • DWS always struck me as a vile individual out of place to be a party chairperson. She came across as a mean spirited campaigning politician instead of a spokesperson and/or statesperson, which I think are better qualities in the position she held. I’m not surprised with what has been uncovered. While the RNC was having similar insider turmoil I thought their party chairperson handled it more appropriately. BTW, the Demo’s were dancing in joy over the issues the Repub’s were dealing with last week. Look at them now.

  • It’s so wonderful to see all the dirt the Republicans and Democrats dig up on each other and release right before each convention. Will we EVER have reasons to elect a President or just nonsense about who we should NOT vote for ???
    SIGH …………….

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