Just days after WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned. Since the leak, the committee has come under intense criticism over the contents of those emails, which have suggested an organizational bias against the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders during this year’s primary season.
Wasserman Schultz will step down as chairwoman once this coming week’s Democratic Convention ends. While she is still expected to speak at the Philadelphia convention, she was replaced as the head of the event by Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge. Earlier today, she released a statement where she said that "the best way for me to accomplish [the goal of ensuring a victory for the Clinton campaign] is to step down as Party chair at the end of this convention."
Earlier this week, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails originating from seven top DNC officials from January 2015 through May 2016. Some of the emails suggest support for Secretary Hillary Clinton as a candidate, with some of the officials discussing tactics for derailing the Sanders campaign. Earlier this year, hackers associated with the Russian government infiltrated DNC systems to steal opposition research on Republican candidate Donald Trump, and were able to access private emails and messages.
Sanders, who recently endorsed Clinton, renewed his called for Wasserman Schultz to resign from her position at the DNC, something he has done throughout his campaign. However, Sanders has said that he will not rescind his endorsement of Clinton.
The Democratic National Convention will begin on July 25th in Philadelphia, where Clinton is expected to be named the party’s nominee. Wasserman Schultz will be replaced by DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile through the presidential election in November.
Update: Bernie Sanders released a statement on Wasserman-Schultz's resignation:
"Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race."