One of the most incriminating things to turn up in all of John Podesta’s leaked emails is a message sent by Donna Brazile with the subject, “From time to time I get the questions in advance.” As I wrote last week, the content of the message was a detailed question about the death penalty which Hillary was asked during a CNN townhall event the following day.
Brazile denied having any of the questions in advance but co-host Roland Martin, who actually asked Clinton the question, refused to rule out having sent Brazile an advance copy of the question. Wednesday night, Fox News Megyn Kelly pressed Brazile on where she got the question and result was an awkward several minutes of television.
After asking Brazile about the James O’Keefe tapes, Kelly turned to the email and the question provided in advance. “You were accused of receiving a debate question before a CNN townhall, where they partnered with TVOne…and that you had this question on March 12th that verbatim, verbatim was provided by Roland Martin to CNN the next day,” Kelly asked.
“I did not receive any questions from CNN,” Brazile replied.
“Where did you get it?” Kelly asked.
At this point, Brazile tried to dodge saying, “Well, first of all, what information are you providing to me that will allow me to see what you’re talking about?” Kelly then restated the facts again based on the Wikileaks document. “Where did you get it,” Kelly asked again.
“You know as a Christian woman I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false,” Brazile claimed.
“I’m getting it from Podesta’s email,” Kelly replied.
“Podesta’s emails were stolen,” Brazile replied adding, “You’re so interested in talking about stolen material…you’re like a thief that want to bring into the night the things that you found that was in the gutter.”
With Brazile sputtering nonsense, Kelly dropped the hammer. “Donna, CNN’s Jake Tapper came out and said this was unethical, somebody was unethically helping the Clinton campaign. He said I love Donna Brazile but this is very, very upsetting.” After quoting a bit more of what Tapper said, Kelly concluded, “Who gave you that question?”
“Megyn, once again I’ve said it and I’ve said it on the record and I’ll say it on the record and I’ll keep saying it on the record. I am not going to try to validate falsified information,” Brazile said. “CNN, in the 14 years I was associated with CNN, I have never received anything,” she added.
The drubbing by Kelly continues for another minute or so but all Brazile can do is repeatedly claim she has never received anything from CNN and that the emails are fraudulent. Of course, as Kelly points out, no one is saying Brazile got the question from CNN. They are saying she got it from Roland Martin and not once in this interview did Brazile deny that.
This is a genuine scandal. If it weren’t 3 weeks before an election the DNC would probably be looking to dump Brazile over this. As it is, the shame of losing two chairwomen in one election cycle would probably be too much. But I wonder how long Brazile will be around after November.
The exchange about the townhall question begins at around 5:30 in this clip: