The issue of whether the party was playing favorites in 2016 has been thrust to the fore this week after former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile released an excerpt of a forthcoming book that alleges the party, under her predecessor, essentially let itself be taken over by the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries through such an agreement.
Brazile said Clinton was already "wobbly on her feet" and had a "rattled cough", according to the review.
As rumors swirled about Clinton's health and the future of her presidential campaign, representatives of Vice President Joe Biden, Sen.
The Washington Post first reported the news of the book, titled "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House".More news: Tesla is getting clobbered after disappointing results (TSLA)
With last year's primary still roiling the Democratic party more than a year later, two former Bernie Sanders campaign officials are charging the Democratic National Committee offered their campaign a less favorable fundraising deal than Hillary Clinton's team received.
NBC obtained a copy of the book subject to a confidentiality agreement with the publisher and can confirm the information that the Washington Post has published is accurate. Tim Kaine of Virginia, with Biden and Sen.
Brazile wrote of fights with Clinton's top lieutenants, including one conference call where she complained of being treated like a "slave". Cory Booker, D-New Jersey. The Clinton campaign stepped in to help, but wanted control over their how money would be spent, harboring doubts about the leadership of then-Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
But the rules do not give that power exclusively to the chairwoman of the party.More news: Spanish judge orders custody for Catalan leaders pending trial
"I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her", Brazile wrote.
She said that if a nominee became disabled, the party chairman would oversee the replacement process, though it would ultimately require a meeting of the entire DNC. "Well, why aren't they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with her, the dossier?"
Clinton has not responded to Brazile's accusations.
Brazile says former president Barack Obama left the DNC in $24 million in debt after the 2012 presidential campaign. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.More news: Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components
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