Donna Brazile defended sending Hillary Clinton a debate question by saying she did not want the candidate to be "blindsided." Brazile, in an interview with Tucker Carlson, said due to WikiLeaks you only saw the email where she sent Clinton information but not "the things" I gave to Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley, the other Democratic presidential candidates. Carlson said he would love to see those.
"Tucker, WikiLeaks sought to divide us," Brazile said. "These were active measures where you got to see the things I gave to Hillary, you never got a chance to see the things I gave to Bernie or Martin O'Malley."
"You know what, I’m totally happy, you bring those and I will put them on the show anytime," Carlson challenged her.
Transcript, via FOX News:
CARLSON: So, they've come after you -- they've come after you and said, look, it's a little much for you to criticize the DNC for colluding with the Hillary campaign when you conceded that you leaked questions to the Hillary campaign during a CNN town hall, before a CNN town hall.
My question when I’m reading this is, did no one at CNN know that happen? Did they really learn for the first time when they read your book? How could they not have known that?
BRAZILE: Well, Tucker, I surely hope everyone will now go out and buy the book. It's called "Hacks: The Inside Story."
CARLSON: There was a question there. Did nobody at CNN know that you did that? So, you say, look, you gave -- you apparently got them from --
BRAZILE: Oh, no, Tucker, you cannot put words in my mouth.
CARLSON: No, no, I’m just asking.
BRAZILE: I got some lipstick from FOX, but that has not forced me to not stand my ground. I said in the book --
CARLSON: No, but it’s not your ground. I’m asking about CNN where you then worked.
BRAZILE: Well --
CARLSON: You haven't gone on their air, they are mad at you, obviously. But did they know that you leaked these questions, really simple question?
BRAZILE: Well, you know, Tucker, I said last year --
CARLSON: It sounds like you did.
BRAZILE: No, Tucker, don't try to put words in my mouth. I said last year that CNN never provided us with any questions. CNN never gave us anything in advance.
What I did say, what I have said in the past, and what I said in this book is that I as an officer of the DNC -- and I know WikiLeaks gave everybody, you know, certain questions and certain emails, but as an officer of the DNC, I sought to expand the number of debates, and I wanted to make sure that we had diverse voices.
BRAZILE: And we covered issues that had not been discussed in previous debates, and what I did
CARLSON: So --
BRAZILE: -- no, give me one more second.
BRAZILE: And I know it's your show, I’m not trying to take over. But what I sought -- Tucker, I know you too well. What I sought to do, Tucker, was to ensure that we had these issues on the table, and I made sure that our candidates, I didn't want them blindsided. That's what I admitted to. That’s what I -- look, what WikiLeaks put out --
CARLSON: That’s the greatest spin I’ve ever heard. I didn’t want them blindsided. That’s so good. You should do this for a living! That is hilarious.
Let me ask you -- let me ask you a personal question. Hold on, in the book --
BRAZILE: Tucker, WikiLeaks sought to divide us. These were active measures where you got to see the things I gave to Hillary, you never got a chance to see the things I gave to Bernie or Martin O'Malley. Let me just tell you --
CARLSON: You know what, I’m totally happy, you bring those and I will put them on the show anytime.