Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign From DNC

At the end of the convention
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2016 4:23 PM CDT
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign from DNC
Debbie Wasserman Schultz   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Embattled Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she will step down, CNN reports. The announcement that she will resign following the party convention, which begins Monday, comes on the heels of leaked emails that appear to show that DNC officials were working to sabotage Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Wasserman Schultz's role at the convention already had been reduced to simply opening and closing the event. "I am confident that the strong team in place will lead our party effectively through this election to elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president," she said in a statement, adding, "Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as party chair at the end of this convention."

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge will chair the convention, the New York Daily News reports. And, per NBC News, Vice Chair Donna Brazile will steer the DNC through the election as interim chair. "I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year's historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week's events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership," Clinton said in a statement. Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted, "I always said that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was overrated. The Dems Convention is cracking up and Bernie is exhausted, no energy left!" (More Democratic National Convention stories.)

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