Donna Brazile admitted the Democratic National Committee hacking left her “scared” but she defended the actions of her predecessor in handling the crisis.
The former interim head of the DNC, speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about a wide range of topics, was confronted with the burning question about the DNC’s hacking that exposed scores of emails by Wikileaks during the height of the presidential campaign last summer.
.@TuckerCarlson:”If you believe the Russians [hacked the DNC servers], why didn’t the DNC allow the FBI to examine those servers? Why were they given over to a vendor and not the U.S. government’s investigators?” #Tucker pic.twitter.com/vxkN0HwnuM
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“Let me ask you quickly about the Russians, you have a lot in the book about that, and your concerns about hacking the servers over at the DNC,” Carlson asked on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday, referring to Brazile’s new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
“If you believe the Russians did that, why didn’t the Democratic national committee allow the FBI to examine those servers? Why were they given over to a vendor and not the U.S. government investigators?” he asked.
“When the DNC officer, who was Debbie Wasserman Schultz, when it was brought to her attention, she immediately reached out to get cybersecurity experts on board,” Brazile responded, calling it a “great question.”
“Along with our cyber attorney, they provided the FBI with everything that they requested. Remember, we were still using our system –” she continued before Carlson interrupted.
“Oh, but come on now. Come on now,” he interjected.
“So, bottom line is, it’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz who made that decision, I think that’s the headline here,” he said. “But if you really think that the intelligence service of a foreign government is breaking into your computers in the middle of the campaign, you want actual federal investigators to get to the bottom of it. But you are saying that she stopped that. ”
“No, she did not stop that,” Brazile countered. “She cooperated. She cooperated. She turned over everything.”
She tried to explain that their mainframe was still “being managed, being remediated” while Carlson suggested the FBI could still have been given access.
“Let me just tell you, we spent over $60,000 to provide the FBI, the government, because we wanted their help. Tucker, after I received my FBI brief in August,” she continued, “do know what I wanted to do? I wanted to go to the Pentagon, I didn’t want to go back to the DNC, I wanted somebody to put yellow tape around the DNC. I was scared. We were under attack.”
“Well, don’t know if we were under attack or not, because federal investigators never had access to your server!” Carlson shot back.
“But why would we hold onto servers that were filled with malware and spyware?” Brazile asked.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Carlson replied. “I was hoping to get it from you.”
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