The Democratic National Committee issued a statement Saturday after it was revealed that former DNC head Donna Brazile considered replacing Hillary Clinton with then-Vice President Joe Biden as the party's presidential nominee after a health scare.
The statement, shared with NBC News, does not address Brazile directly, but instead echoes the Democratic Party's protocol on filling a vacancy, which notes that Brazile would not have the authority to remove Clinton as the nominee by herself.
"In the event of death, resignation or disability of a nominee of the Party for President or Vice President after the adjournment of the National Convention, the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee shall confer with the Democratic leadership of the United States Congress and the Democratic Governors Association and shall report to the Democratic National Committee, which is authorized to fill the vacancy or vacancies," the statement said.
DNC Chair's role in replacing a presidential nominee as laid out in Convention Call (left) and DNC Charter (right). pic.twitter.com/UM85G5Ua3H— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 4, 2017
In her upcoming memoir, Brazile described her thought process after hearing of Clinton's health scare just two months out from the 2016 election — a brief collapse outside of a New York City event in September 2016 — resulting her desire to replace Clinton with Biden.
Brazile said Biden's team, among others, had reached out to her after the incident, but ultimately did not make a formal move against Clinton. “No matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her,” she writes, according to a preview from the Washington Post.
After the bombshell reveal on Saturday, a number of Democratic officials accused Brazile of trying to sell books, as her memoir is due out next week.
Howard Dean, a former DNC chairman himself, offered a defense of Brazille, whom he said he knows "pretty well."
"No experienced operative is ever going to think about removing the nominee for any reason other than illness. If she had the power to do it, which she didn't," Dean said on MSNBC. "So I think much has been made of this. I think it's a lot of inside-the-Beltway crap."
He also conceded there is "disagreement and dysfunction" within the Democratic Party.
Brazile says elsewhere in her memoir, as reported by Politico this week, that Clinton struck a deal with the DNC which looked like an "unethical" takeover.