DNC Email Leak: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Refused To Step Down, Until President Obama Gave Her The Final Push

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has become a toxic name within the Democratic party since the DNC email leak. However, the party chairwoman initially refused to step down from her post, looking to place the blame on her top aides, until a phone call with President Obama, who gave Wasserman Schultz the final push. Debbie Wasserman Schultz quickly found herself losing popularity within her own party following the email leak scandal. However, she didn’t initially see her position to be untenable.

Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from her position on Sunday after calls from across her party. However, according to the Washington Post, the congresswoman from Florida refused to vacate her position quietly or without a fight. Following calls for her to resign as a result of the DNC email leaks, Wasserman Schultz was initially trying to make some of her top aides take the fall, instead of taking personal responsibility for the content of those emails.

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Wasserman Schultz continued to persevere that she wouldn’t take responsibility for one of the biggest crises to ever face the DNC. It was a phone call with President Obama that led Wasserman Schultz to realize how toxic she had become in the party and ultimately pushed her decision to resign.

Those involved in the DNC chairwoman’s resignation echoed how difficult the entire process was, with one Democratic member of Congress involved in the discussions saying, “She made this as painful as she could. She did not want to go…. She wasn’t going to resign until the president called her. She put a lot of people through hell.” It was initially clear that Debbie Wasserman Schultz had no intention of giving up the chair of her party, with others involved in the process re-iterating that there was a lot of drama between Wasserman Schultz and the party.


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The Democratic National Committee has been shrouded in scandal during the build-up to its convention, where Hillary Clinton is expected to be confirmed as the party’s nominee to take on Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. According to CNN, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s leadership of the party became untenable after Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 DNC emails that proved Bernie Sanders’ claims that elements of the party were against his candidacy and favored Hillary Clinton to take the nomination.

Democratic Presumptive Nominee Hillary Clinton Democratic Presumptive Nominee Hillary Clinton [Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]Debbie Wasserman Schultz was believed to be actively involved in plotting against Bernie Sanders and ensuring Hillary Clinton secured the party’s nomination. Those aforementioned leaked emails went some way to prove this, with key figures in the DNC and Clinton campaign discussing how they could use Bernie Sanders’ religion against him in primary contests in Kentucky and West Virginia, with Wasserman Schultz included in many of those email conversations.

In the end, the DNC all but forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz to give up her position as party chairwoman. It was clear for the DNC that Wasserman Schultz needed to be out of the way before the convention started, with Sanders supporters expected to protest her leadership of the Democratic party during a speech at the convention.

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Bernie Sanders and his supporters have become increasingly hostile towards Debbie Wasserman Schultz throughout the Democratic primary campaign, with Sanders claiming Wasserman Schultz to be a blatant supporter of his rival, Hillary Clinton. However, following the DNC email leak, many within the Clinton campaign began to realize how toxic Wasserman Schultz had become, with many also pushing for Wasserman Schultz’s removal as DNC chairwoman.

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