In an interview with Megyn Kelly after the third presidential debate, Democratic National Committee interim chairman Donna Brazile denied receiving a debate question on the death penalty in advance Democratic primary town hall hosted by CNN.
“I did not receive any questions from CNN,” Brazile told Kelly. “What information are you providing to me that will allow me to see what you’re talking about?”
Kelly then cited a specific email released by Wikileaks.
The WikiLeaks released email subject was titled “From time to time I get the questions in advance” and said the following:
19 states and the District of Columbia have banned the death penalty. 31 states, including Ohio, still have the death penalty. According to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, since 1973, 156 people have been on death row and later set free. Since 1976, 1,414 people have been executed in the U.S. That’s 11% of Americans who were sentenced to die, but later exonerated and freed. Should Ohio and the 30 other states join the current list and abolish the death penalty?
Sent from Donna’s I Pad. Follow me on twitter @donnabrazile
“As a Christian woman I understand persecution but I will not stand here and be persecuted because your information is totally false,” Brazile said. “Podesta’s emails were stolen. You’re so interested in talking about stolen material, you’re like a thief that wants to bring into the night the things that you found that was in the gutter.”
Kelly then directly asked Brazile, “Who gave you that question?”
“I am not going to try to validate falsified information,” Brazile said. “I do my homework, I communicate, I talk. CNN has never provided me with questions.”
“Well when you said, ‘From time to time I get the questions in advance,’ what were you referring to?” Kelly asked.
“The validity of those emails, if I can only tell you one thing, because as you know this whole episode is under criminal investigation, but I can tell you one thing, a lot of those emails, I would not give them the time of the day,” Brazile said. “I have seen so many doctored emails. I have seen things that come from me at 2 in the morning that I don’t even send. There are several email addresses that I once used. This has not been verified. This is under investigation.”
The exchange between Kelly and Brazile can be seen below:
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