President Trump said the Democratic National Committee's treatment of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was “unfair,” after former DNC head Donna Brazile revealed "proof" that Hillary Clinton's campaign had taken over the DNC to help ensure Clinton won the party's presidential nomination.
“I think it’s a major story. Now I don’t know if the mainstream, fake media, because they are fake and phony, but I just don’t know if they’re going to pick it up,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday. “But I’ll tell you, that is a big story, what she’s saying. It’s illegal, number one, and it’s really very unfair to Bernie Sanders. I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan, although I must say, I got a lot of his votes when he was thrown out. Many of those people voted for me because of trade, because I agreed with him on trade.”
Brazile said in a book excerpt obtained by Politico, that the Clinton campaign gained control of the DNC's finances and operations to defeat Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. Brazile cited "proof" on an agreement she discovered between two Clinton campaign funds and the DNC, in which money would be exchanged for control over DNC finances and strategy.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump had also accused the DNC of being involved in "collusion" and "illegally" stealing the primary from Sanders.
“Donna Brazile just stated the DNC RIGGED the system to illegally steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders. Bought and paid for by Crooked H....,” Trump said in a pair of tweets Thursday. “....This is real collusion and dishonesty. Major violation of Campaign Finance Laws and Money Laundering - where is our Justice Department?”
Trump's campaign, meanwhile, is being examined by a federal team and a number of congressional probes for possible collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election. Trump has maintained no collusion occurred.