Interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile accused Megyn Kelly of "persecution" Wednesday evening when the Fox News anchor asked Brazile about an email, published by WikiLeaks, that indicated Brazile provided Hillary Clinton's campaign with a question in advance of a CNN town hall.
"As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted because your information is totally false," Brazile said during an interview conducted shortly after the third presidential debate.
"Since I play straight up and I'll play straight up with you, I did not receive any questions from CNN," she said. "First of all, what information are you providing to me that will allow me to see what you're talking about?"
Kelly cited an email made public by WikiLeaks last week that indicated Brazile had informed high-level Clinton campaign aides that she sometimes received "questions in advance" before relaying a question about the death penalty that closely matched a question later asked during the CNN town hall. Roland Martin, a TV One host who partnered with CNN for the event, sent CNN a question containing the same language the day after Brazile sent it to the Clinton campaign.
Brazile responded by reminding Kelly that emails belonging to John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chair, had been stolen by hackers.
"You're like a thief that want to bring into the night the things that you found that was in the gutter," Brazile said. "I am not going to try to validate falsified information."
The acting DNC chair added that she has "seen so many doctored emails."
Brazile also denied allegations leveled by James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, a conservative activist group, that Democratic operatives had used party money to fund the incitement of violence at Donald Trump's rallies.
"I went back to the DNC the other day when this came up, after we learned we had a trespasser, a convicted criminal, sneaking around our office, posing as an intern, and I asked for the records" of the Democratic group in question, Brazile said. "He's trying to score on information obtained illegally."
"I don't play dodge ball, honey," Brazile said when Kelly accused her of dodging a follow-up question about O'Keefe's video exposition. "I play basketball."