Backing up former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile’s claim that the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is speaking out.
Meanwhile, Tom Perez has clammed up about the subject.
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Warren was asked if she believed the Democratic primary was indeed as rigged as Brazile claimed it was. Her answer was a simple “Yes.”
Tapper spoke to Warren at length about Brazile’s new book, in which the former DNC chairwoman claimed that she had discovered evidence that Clinton’s campaign had rigged the system for her to win—beating her opponent, Bernie Sanders.
In an excerpt of Brazile’s book, which she provided to Politico, she described how she was tasked with investigating the DNC after hacked emails suggested the Clinton campaign fixed the nomination. Brazile said she discovered an agreement between the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and Clinton’s joint fundraising committee that said Clinton’s group of people would “control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money it raised.”
According to Brazile, the agreement was made in secret in August 2015, a full year ahead of Clinton’s official nomination for president.
“Debbie [Wasserman-Schultz] was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was,” Brazile wrote in Politico.
Warren called on the new DNC chairman Tom Perez to bring the party back to order, describing the allegations as a “real problem.”
“When …Tom Perez was first elected chair of the DNC, the very first conversation I had with him [was] to say, you have got to put together a Democratic party in which everybody can have confidence that the party is working for Democrats, rather than Democrats are working for the party,” Warren said. “And he’s being tested now.”
“This is a test for Tom Perez,” she added. “Either he’s going to succeed by bringing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders’ representatives into this process and they’re going to say ‘it’s fair, it works, we all believe it,’ or he’s going to fail.”
Perez, who condemned the GOP for their silence in the Mueller indictments just two days ago, exposed himself as a tight-lipped hypocrite in light of the allegations against Hillary Clinton.
“We’re moving forward,” Perez said when asked about the allegations on CNBC. “One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that is totally fair and transparent for everybody.”
“We have to make sure everything is fair and open, and everybody has a fair shake,” Perez said.
In Brazile’s Politico article, she called the agreement “not illegal, but it sure looked unethical.”
“This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity,” Brazile wrote.