Leaders of the Democratic National Committee are in the hot seat and the response from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was completely predictable.
The former DNC chairwoman pleaded ignorance about a bombshell report that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC funded the dossier containing unproven and scandalous accusations about President Trump.
Clinton and her minions denied knowing anything about the dossier which was aimed at taking down then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. But an explosive Washington Post report this week revealed that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid millions to fund the research leading to the infamous dossier, which was meant to prove alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
New DNC leadership quickly sought a way to disconnect from the breaking revelations, deferring to the fact that chairman Tom Perez only became the Democratic leader in April.
“Tom Perez and the new leadership of the DNC were not involved in any decision-making regarding Fusion GPS, nor were they aware that Perkins Coie was working with the organization,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said, according to The Hill.
DNC’s deputy chairman, Rep. Keith Ellison, reiterated that he and Perez were not at the DNC at the time of the alleged activity.
“Tom and me, we weren’t even there at the time,” Ellison told The Hill. “I know as much about it as you guys who have reported it.”
This stance effectively put the spotlight back on the DNC’s old leadership.
But a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz quickly attempted to douse that fire.
“She was not aware of anything related to this research arrangement,” David Damron said of the Florida congresswoman who was forced out as DNC chairwoman at the party’s national convention in 2016.
“I doubt that any of the leadership at the DNC was even aware,” a Democratic official said, according to The Hill.
Wasserman Schultz has been in the spotlight again recently when it was revealed she continued to employ an IT staffer despite the fact that he was under a federal investigation for alleged equipment and data scam in the U.S. House for months.
And while she may contend that she knew nothing about the DNC’s involvement in funding the infamous Trump dossier, Wasserman Schultz may soon be revisiting that response at Congressional hearings.
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