WikiLeaks Heat: Wasserman-Schultz To ‘Step Down As Party Chair’ At End Of Convention

As the WikiLeaks heat and fallout continues, multiple media outlets began announcing Sunday that the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee will be stepping down at the end of the Democratic Party convention.

Under significant pressure after the release of emails from top DNC officials, which Jeff Zeleny, Eric Bradner, and John King from CNN reported as revealing a significant partiality for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, Wasserman Schultz gave a press statement that was quoted by CNN and other media.

“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention.”

From the Twitterverse, Bernie Sanders had something to add to the hot, raging mess.

Wasserman-Schultz apparently is expected to “open and close the Convention,” according to media including the post over at WCYB.

“As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans.”

As previously reported, the so-called “Bernie narrative” angered many and seemed to prove there existed an anti-Sanders conspiracy at the DNC. People began suggesting that Senator Sanders should just pull his endorsement for his rival Hillary Clinton and cancel his speech at the convention this week because the discovery proved the conspiracy against him by the DNC, which has a legal obligation to remain neutral with all the Democratic candidates.

Barack Obama,Patrick Murphy,Debbi Wasserman Schultz,Carlos Gimenez
President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez as he arrives at Miami International Airport in Miami, Friday, June 3, 2016, for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee roundtable and a DNC event. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Sanders still backing Clinton?

Writer Niels Lesniewski has a story online over at Roll Call which quotes Senator Sanders in an interview given this weekend over at the ABC news show This Week. Hillary Clinton’s rival for the Presidency will apparently be addressing all of the delegates sometime during the week. Those so-called “super” and the regular ones, too.

“We have got to continue to get people involved in the political process at every level. And that means not just the U.S. Senate but school board, at every level.”

Over at the Senator’s campaign website, a recent post notes one victory for Bernie supporters, perhaps a sign of this man’s ability to leverage the bad situation for some good.

“The Democratic National Convention Rules Committee on Saturday approved a unity reform commission charged with reducing the number of so-called superdelegates. The commission will tackle caucus and primary reforms designed to make the nominating process fairer. The commission will recommend reforms to broaden the base of the Democratic Party, make it more responsive to the grassroots of the party and decrease the party’s reliance on large donors.”

The Senator had endorsed rival candidate Clinton in New Hampshire earlier this month, as noted on his campaign website as well. Sanders said he would stand with Clinton and be “proud” to do so.

In that same endorsement speech, according to his prepared remarks from the website on another page, he admitted that he and Clinton “disagree on a lot of issues.”

“It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues,” said Sanders.

“That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. leaves a meeting hosted by Senate Democrats.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. leaves a meeting hosted by Senate Democrats with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

And then there was the part about “greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street,” which Sanders mentioned in his endorsement of Clinton. Later on, he added another important point to his message.

“Too many people in America are still being left out, left behind and ignored. In the richest country in the history of the world there is too much poverty, and too much despair.”

[Photo by Jim Mone/AP Images]