On July 22, 2016 WikiLeaks released 20,000 DNC emails dated from January 2015 to May 2016. In the emails the DNC staff discussed how to deal with the popularity of Bernie Sanders as a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s claim as the DNC’s candidate. But instead of treating Bernie Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.
Most of the emails released come from seven of the most prominent DNC staff members: senior adviser Andrew Wright, national finance director Jordon Kaplan, finance chief of staff Scott Comer, Northern California finance director Robert Stowe, finance director of data and strategic initiatives Daniel Parrish, finance director Allen Zachary and DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda.
In one email from Deputy Communications Director of the DNC Eric Walker that was sent to several of the DNC staffers it cited two news articles showing that Bernie Sanders leading in Rhode Island and with the limited number of polling locations in the state: “If she outperforms this polling, the Bernie camp will go nuts and allege misconduct. They’ll probably complain regardless, actually.”
But instead of doing the right thing and bringing Sanders into the DNC with respect and dignity, the DNC showed hatred and disdain for him and the thousands of voters he would have brought to the Democrat party.
In another chain of emails it reveals that MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and DNC staff members discussing how to discredit MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski’s call for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.
The email release provides further evidence that the DNC broke its own charter violations by favoring Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee, long before any votes were cast.
Other emails that was released showed that the DNC staff is in damage control over allegations from the Sanders campaign, when a report from Politico revealed the DNC’s joint fundraising committee with the Hillary Clinton campaign and was laundering money to her own campaign instead of fundraising for down-ticket Democrats. Regardless of the fundraising tactics, because both major campaigns didn’t agree to use the joint fundraising committee super-PAC with the DNC, the DNC should have recused itself from participating with just the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Over the past several weeks, the hacker Guccifer 2.0 released several internal memos showing DNC staff strategizing to make Hillary the presidential nominee—as early as March 2015. In June 2016, Florida-based law firm, Beck & Lee, has filed a class action lawsuit against Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC based on the revelations from these leaked files.
The WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 leaks are the perfect end to a Democratic primary that completely undermined democracy at every possible opportunity they could while maintaining their innocent and plausible deniability.