CNN: 'Completely uncomfortable' with Brazile-Clinton campaign contacts

Donna Brazile warned Hillary Clinton’s campaign that she would be asked about lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., ahead of a primary debate, according to an email released by WikiLeaks Monday.

The group has been posting hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.

The email, originally sent March 5, 2016, warned that “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.”

“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile wrote.

During the March 6 debate, Lee-Anne Walters, who said her family was poisoned by lead, asked Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders if they would “make a personal promise to me right now.”

“As president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — citizens that have said service lines,” Walters asked.

CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas responded to Monday's release in a statement.

"On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. (Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.) CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor."

Another email revealed earlier this month showed Brazile passing along a question about the death penalty ahead of a town hall that she said “worries me about HRC.”

Brazile, who is now the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, worked as a CNN contributor and vice-chair of the DNC in March 2016. The DNC is not supposed to back a candidate during the primaries.

WikiLeaks has released thousands of emails from Podesta’s email account. The Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the messages, but Clinton and her allies say the emails were stolen by Russia in an attempt to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.

The DNC did not immediately respond to request for comment but Brazile reacted to the news briefly on Twitter.

Her Oct. 11 statement was issued after the first email's release on the question about the death penalty.

“As a longtime political activist with deep ties to our party, I supported all of our candidates for president. I often shared my thoughts with each and every campaign, and any suggestions that indicate otherwise are simply untrue. As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did,” Brazile said in a statement.

Trump jumped on the news during a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. Monday.

"Donna Brazile did it again," Trump said. "She should be fired from the DNC."


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