DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down

25 Jul 2016 | Written by Ramya ; Edited by Gaurav

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairperson, has announced her resignation from the post after the Democratic National Convention held on Sunday.

The resignation comes in the light of the publication of the emails which suggested that the party officials were in favor of Hillary Clinton and not Bernie Sanders during the nomination contests.

The scandal shook the Democrats on their Convention eve.

In context: The DNC email scandal

Who is Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Deborah Wasserman Schultz, born in 1966 in New York, is a US Democratic Party member and the Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. She was appointed as the Chairperson in 2011. Schultz also represents the 23rd Congressional District of the Florida state.

Political CareerWasserman Schultz - the unstoppable

During her political career spanning over two decades, Wasserman Schultz seemed unstoppable.

She became the youngest woman to be elected to the Florida's House at the age of 26.

After being elected to the Florida Senate, she was chosen to represent South Florida in the US House of Representatives.

Wasserman Schultz dedicated her life to working for the people of South Florida.

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2011Appointment as the DNC Chairperson

Vice President Joe Biden announced that President Barack Obama recommended Debbie Wasserman Schultz be appointed as the Democratic National Committee Chairperson in Apr'11.

Following the announcement, she assumed office in May'11 as the 52nd Chairperson of the DNC and replaced Tim Kaine.

Though Wasserman Schultz backed Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential primary, President Obama chose her over others to bring "new leadership".

22 Jul 2016WikiLeaks unveils the biased side of DNC

As Hillary Clinton was gearing up for the Democratic nomination for the President, WikiLeaks published over 19,000 hacked emails on its website that revealed the party's bias.

Information on perks provided, internal email exchanges among DNC members, journalists, etc. were published.

However, Clinton's campaign accused Russia of interfering in the election and said Russian hackers stole DNC emails and released them to support Trump.

24 Jul 2016Plans to undermine Sanders's campaign

Emails published on WikiLeaks' website showed that DNC members traded ideas on how to undermine Hillary Clinton's rival - Bernie Sanders's campaign in the primary.

Suggestions by DNC members to spread negative articles about Sanders's supporters and the Senator were also reportedly seen in the emails.

WikiLeaks, however, didn't reveal how it acquired the emails but said there would be more releases.

25 Jul 2016DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down

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Must always remain impartial: Bernie Sanders

Following the announcement of Debbie's resignation, Bernie Sanders stated: "Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. The party leadership must always remain impartial in the Presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race."

Huge BlowHuge blow for Wasserman Schultz

The email scandal came as a blow for the first woman to be appointed as the DNC chairperson.

Wasserman Schultz announced that she would resign as the chairperson at the end of Democratic National Convention after about 19,000 emails, believed to be stolen by hackers from DNC, were posted on the WikiLeaks website.

She has been reportedly forced to step down following the scandal.

Bernie Sanders's supporters

The email scandal confirmed the suspicion of Democrat Bernie Sanders's supporters: "The Democratic Party had become a clubby establishment that was resistant to change and reluctant to embrace a more progressive agenda."

26 Jul 2016FBI investigates DNC email scandal

The FBI launched an investigation into the leak of several DNC emails that showed the DNC chairperson conspiring to favour Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate, over rival Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton said that the data leak was arranged for by Russian hackers in order to benefit Donald Trump.

The FBI declined to comment on details of the investigation.

28 Jul 2016WikiLeaks releases DNC audio tapes

WikiLeaks released audio tapes that were allegedly hacked from DNC servers.

Although the tapes did not contain any new evidence about the DNC email scandal, the leaks dealt a huge blow to the DNC's data security.

Links to 29 recordings were posted to Twitter.

One of the recordings is of a Clinton supporter urging the DNC to "stop bending over backwards" for Bernie Sanders.

13 Aug 2016Julian Assange: Clinton's emails prove that she sold ISIS weapons

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks made public a searchable archive for over 30,000 emails and their attachments from Hillary Clinton's server.

When it went public, Hillary Clinton was serving as the Secretary of State.

It was discovered that Clinton authorized a shipment of American-made arms.

These arms were being shipped to Qatar to overthrow the Libyan government and then to Syria to overthrow Assad.

25 Aug 2016Assange to release significant material on Clinton's campaign

Julian Assange has stated that he would make public a significant and unexpected amount of material relating to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

He said some of the material was also entertaining but remained significant.

Assange reiterated that his team was working 'around the clock' to be able to provide these releases in context before the elections in November this year.

07 Sep 2016Clinton emails will be out next week: Assange

Julian Assange has stated that fresh email leaks about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other politicians would be released soon.

Assange refused to divulge specifics; however, he said "information teasers" about the leaks, which allegedly includes data on the 2016 election process could be out as early as next week.

He stated that the leaks will have a "significant impact" on the elections.

23 Oct 2016Democrats face the wrath of WikiLeaks, again!

Targeting the Democrats once again, WikiLeaks revealed US President Barack Obama's private e-mail address.

Assange further tweeted saying that more of Obama's mails would be released.

In another incident, WikiLeaks' Twitter account said the presidential elections were rigged and that "It has been clear from the beginning who is going to win. This is, in effect, a power consolidation exercise."

09 Nov 2016WikiLeaks: Did not try to influence US elections

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange clarified that WikiLeaks was not attempting to influence the US elections.

He stated that their publications of Hillary Clinton's and Obama's emails were not intended to skew voter behaviour in the run up to the US Presidential elections.

He also clarified that they did not obtain any confidential information on Donald Trump yet.