BUT WILL SHE SERVE “WITH HONOR?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 24, 2016) — In the midst of the disclosure of nearly 20,000 emails by Wikileaks on Friday encompassing statements made by Democrat National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the 2016 presidential primary season appearing to show a bias against Bernie Sanders, Wasserman Schultz has announced her resignation of the chairmanship.
Promptly thereafter, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton declared that her “longtime friend” will take on a new role for both herself and Democrats seeking election in other races.
After the email release, made just three days before the opening of the Democrat National Convention on Monday, appeared to show that Wasserman Schultz and other DNC operatives favored Hillary Clinton over her former primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Wasserman Schultz’s claim of neutrality during the primaries was questioned by many of her fellow Democrats as well as Republicans.
Sanders’s former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, had questioned the chairwoman’s impartiality long before WikiLeaks released the emails, stating that Wasserman Schultz had acted against Sanders “for personal reasons.”
Wasserman Schultz had co-chaired Clinton’s 2008 presidential run against Barack Hussein Obama, who many said won the primaries only through fraud.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has also said previously that the Democrats’ primaries were “rigged” against Sanders. On Twitter on Sunday in response to the Wikileaks emails, Trump tweeted, “Even though Bernie Sanders has lost his energy and his strength, I don’t believe that his supporters will let Crooked Hillary off the hook!”
On July 12, Sanders abandoned his campaign and endorsed Clinton, disappointing many of his supporters. Sanders, who was elected to the U.S. Senate as an Independent but ran as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential primaries, said he endorsed Clinton in order to prevent Trump from winning the White House in November.
On June 28, The Observer reported that a Florida law firm filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 121 plaintiffs against Wasserman Schultz and the DNC, making six claims of “fraud against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz” as evidenced by emails released by “Guccifer 2.0” last month. Guccifer 2.0 claimed to have revealed opposition research performed by the DNC against Trump.
Other claims made by Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers consist of “unjust enrichment” and that the DNC “breached its fiduciary duty of care to members of the party by failing to run the Democratic primary in a fair and even manner.” Atty. Jared H. Beck, who filed the suit along with partners in his law firm, said that the “conduct” of the DNC during the primaries violated its charter and betrayed the democratic process which should constitute the election of the presidential nominee.
Beck described the lawsuit as “separate” from the political process, citing at that time that Sanders had not yet endorsed Clinton.
Democrats use a system of delegates and “super-delegates” which is currently under review for the 2020 election.
Nearly two years ago, Wasserman Schultz reportedly had fallen out of favor with many Democrats, and, according to The Washington Post on June 16, her chairmanship had become “increasingly marginalized.”
On Sunday, NPR reported that of the revelations contained in the Wikileaks emails, Sanders commented, “…there’s no question to my mind and I think no question to any objective observer’s mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton, and was at opposition to our campaign.”
Early on Sunday morning, Fox News had reported that Wasserman Schultz would not be appearing at the convention at all. However, by Sunday afternoon, Wasserman Schultz said that she would officiate at the opening and closing of the convention and then resign her post. The DNC has designated Rep. Marcia Fudge to act as chairwoman for the duration of the convention, which begins on Monday and ends on Thursday.
Clinton has pledged to campaign for Wasserman Schultz as she seeks re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives and has appointed Wasserman Schultz “honorary chair” of her declared efforts to secure election for Democrats across the country in November.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.