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Jul 24, 2016

MarketWatch - The Wall Street Journal: DNC ChairWoman Quits After Anti-Sanders Emails Leaked


marketwatch.com

Harriet Torry , Laura Meckler


PHILADELPHIA — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials working to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would resign from her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates.

Read: WikiLeaks email leak reveals DNC plan to take on Sanders

“My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come,” she said in a statement. But she said the “best way” to fulfill her goals was to step down.

The WikiLeaks website on Friday released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from U.S. Democratic National Committee officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. The emails purport to show attempts by DNC staffers to undermine Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager blamed “Russian state actors” for hacking and leaking emails allegedly sent from senior DNC staffers to boost rival Donald Trump’s campaign.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.