Former interim chief of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile broke her silence on the 2016 election Thursday, saying she had “proof” that Hillary Clinton stole her party’s nomination from Bernie Sanders.
In an excerpt from her new memoir published by Politico, Brazil explains how the Clintons secretly took control of the DNC months before the nomination process had been complete; using her campaign’s finances to keep the party under control.
“I wanted to believe Hillary, who made campaign finance reform part of her platform, but I had made this pledge to Bernie and did not want to disappoint him,” she wrote.
“The agreement […] 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. 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,” she added.
The former DNC boss detailed her private phone conversation with Sen. Sanders in early September, telling him she found “proof” Hillary stole the nomination.
“Bernie took this stoically,” said Brazile. “He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were.”