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Posted: October 31, 2016

CNN cuts analyst who leaked questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: DNC Chair Donna Brazile speaks with host Mark Thompson (not pictured) during a 'Leading Ladies' discussion at SiriusXM studios on October 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: DNC Chair Donna Brazile speaks with host Mark Thompson (not pictured) during a 'Leading Ladies' discussion at SiriusXM studios on October 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

By Rodney Ho

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donna Brazile, a long-time CNN analyst, officially parted ways with the network on October 14 after hacked e-mails showed she had passed on questions to Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for CNN-sponsored events.

She has been a CNN political analyst for many years before leaving temporarily to be interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” said Lauren Pratapas, a network spokeswoman, according to the New York Times.

“From time to time I get the questions in advance,” Ms. Brazile wrote in the subject line of an email to Jennifer Palmieri, the candidate’s communications director.

The Times provided two examples of questions from audience members that Clinton was able to anticipate.

Brazile worked for several Democratic presidential campaigns, including Jesse Jackson in 1984 and Richard Gephardt in 1988.

Brazile asked that the media refer to her Oct. 11 statement, issued when her alleged involvement in giving Clinton a heads up on questions ahead of the CNN debate surfaced.

"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," she said in the statement.

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the Times says, remains an informal, if unpaid, advisor with the network. 

Lewandowski was a hire that received criticism both inside and outside the network, especially since it was later discovered that he was being paid for a time by Trump while working with CNN.


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