CNN anchor Jake Tapper blasted interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile and TV One host Roland Martin on Thursday for their apparent involvement in leaking a Democratic town hall question to the Clinton campaign in March.
From Daily Caller
“It’s very, very troubling,” Tapper told WMAL hosts Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson in an interview.
The leak was revealed in a batch of emails stolen from the Gmail account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by Wikileaks on Tuesday.
“Sometimes I get the questions in advance,” Brazile wrote to Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri in the March 12 email.
Brazile was a CNN contributor and DNC vice chair at the time of the leak. She took over as interim head of the party in July after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign because of anti-Bernie Sanders comments revealed in another email hack. She insisted all through the Democratic primaries that she was neutral between Clinton and Sanders.
In her email to Palmieri, Brazile shared a question about the death penalty. And in the town hall the next night, TV One host Roland Martin, who partnered with CNN for the event, asked it of Clinton.
“It’s horrifying,” Tapper said of the scandal. “Journalistically it’s horrifying and I’m sure it will have an impact on partnering with this organization in the future.”
He said that he believes the incident will have “some impact on Donna Brazile” as well.
Brazile has denied any wrongdoing. But she has also refused to provide details about how the question she forwarded to Palmieri came to be asked in the town hall.
Asked by The Daily Caller on Tuesday if she leaked the question to the Clinton campaign, Brazile responded, “what a stretch.”
CNN issued a complete denial that anyone from the network leaked the question to Brazile. Tapper reiterated that assertion.
“We were so closely guarding our documents…they weren’t emailed around,” he told O’Connor and Wilson.
DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach has refused to respond to several requests for clarification.
On Wednesday, Politico obtained a copy of an email containing three questions that Martin sent to CNN producers before the town hall. One of the questions matched verbatim the one Brazile sent to Palmieri.
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