Interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile and Megyn Kelly had an intense back-and-forth interview on Fox News after Wednesday night’s presidential debate.
The host questioned Brazile about one of the emails in WikiLeaks’ batch of messages from John Podesta, the chairman of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The alleged email from March 12 shows Brazile — a CNN contributor at the time — may have received a question in advance of a March town hall between Clinton and Bernie Sanders co-moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper during primary season. The question in the unverified email to Podesta had the same phrasing as the one town hall co-moderator Roland Martin had, according to records acquired by Politico.
“How did you get that question, Donna?” Kelly asked.
Brazile denied the claim: “Well, Kelly, since I play straight up and I play straight up with you, I did not receive any questions from CNN. Let’s just be very clear.”
Kelly kept digging in on Brazile, who later evoked religion to debunk the former’s line of questioning. “You know, as a Christian woman, I understand persecution,” Brazile said, “but I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false.”
Brazile continued: “Podesta’s emails were stolen. You’re so interested in talking about stolen material. You’re like — you’re like a thief that wants to bring into the night the things that you found that was in this data.”
With more questions and pressing from Kelly, Brazile insisted she could not nor should be in the position to validate stolen materials.
See the moment below.