Hillary Clinton and the Democrat party may be ruing the day emails were invented as a WikiLeaks release reveals a disturbing relationship between at least one news source and the party that hopes to elect Clinton to a third Obama term in November.

The release of nearly 20,000 emails was planned to coincide with the Democrat National Convention in order to do Clinton the most damage, and the fallout has forced the chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to withdraw as a speaker in Philadelphia this week.

The document dump also revealed off-the-record meetings occurred between DNC staff and the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

One of the most damning emails, though, was headed “Fwd: per agreement… any thoughts appreciated” reveals a deal between Ken Vogel, chief investigative reporter at Politico, and Mark Paustenbach, the national press secretary and deputy communications director at the DNC.

The agreement allowed the DNC to read and comment on Vogel’s stories “ahead of time”  – even prior to Vogel’s submission of them to his editor.

Attached to the email from Vogel was a story he had written about Clinton; Paustenbach forwarded it to a fellow staffer at the DNC, writing, “Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back.”

In fact, Clinton’s campaign was able to “push back” on Vogel’s claim that funds raised by Clinton’s campaign were not being shared with down ballot candidates.

Equally troubling and potentially far more damaging were DNC emails showing a clear bias in favor of Clinton and attempts to smear rival Bernie Sanders who mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge to what had been seen as Clinton’s coronation as Obama’s successor.

Party committees are required to remain neutral.

Sanders campaigned on the slogan that the system was “rigged” against outsiders, and his campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said the emails “reinforce” that the party had “its fingers on the scale” all along.

Republican nominee, Donald Trump, tweeted support of Sanders: Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED.”

Sanders finally endorsed Clinton in return for concessions to a left-leaning party platform, but his passionate supporters have been reluctant to shift allegiance to the woman they see as the ultimate insider.

The Wikileak revelations of the cozy relationship between the DNC and Clinton at Sanders’s expense will do little to convince them to vote for the Democrat nominee in November.

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