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The Latest: DNC chief feuds with predecessor as party chief

November 05, 2017 - 6:53 PM

WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Democratic Party (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Former interim Democratic chair Donna Brazile is feuding with current party chairman Tom Perez. The battle is reopening wounds left by the 2016 primary elections and Hillary Clinton's failed campaign. The dispute is further exposing deep divisions two days before a key governor's race in Virginia that could foreshadow Democratic prospects in 2018 and beyond.

Democratic National Committee chairman Perez is questioning his predecessor's claim that she could have initiated efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice-President Joe Biden.

Tom Perez says it's "quite frankly ludicrous" to suggest Clinton was ever incapacitated in way that would have allowed Donna Brazile — under DNC rules — to start a process to replace Clinton last year.

10:50 a.m.

The Democratic National Committee chairman is questioning his predecessor's claim that she could have initiated efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice-President Joe Biden.

Tom Perez says it's "quite frankly ludicrous" to suggest Clinton was ever incapacitated in way that would have allowed Donna Brazile — under DNC rules — to start a process to replace Clinton last year.

Brazile, the former interim DNC head, says in a memoir being released Tuesday she considered the move after Clinton collapsed while leaving a 9-11 memorial service in New York City in 2016. Clinton later acknowledged she was suffering from pneumonia.

Perez tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Clinton was a "tireless candidate." He says people who read Brazile's baseless charge "are going to perhaps start wondering about other claims in that book."

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10:35 a.m.

Was the Democratic presidential primary rigged for Hillary Clinton?

The former interim head of the Democratic National Committee says she found "no evidence, none whatsoever" of a rigged primary process in 2016.

Donna Brazile's appearance on ABC's "This Week" comes days before the release of her memoir.

Brazile is complaining about how an agreement with the Clinton campaign placed restrictions on how the DNC could spend money during the 2016 general election. She says a memorandum of understanding required her to get sign-off from Clinton official at the campaign's headquarters in Brooklyn.

She says the "high command in Brooklyn, the people who were making the decisions, even for the DNC, they didn't come and work with us."

She also says "they told us to shut up and basically let them win the election."

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1:45 a.m.

The former interim head of the Democratic National Committee says she considered initiating efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice-President Joe Biden.

Donna Brazile makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday that has renewed deep divisions among Democrats.

Brazile says she believed a joint fundraising agreement signed between Clinton and the DNC "looked unethical" and that she felt Clinton had too much influence on the party during a competitive primary in 2016 with Bernie Sanders.

The current party chairman, Tom Perez, is trying to calm the rival factions and pushing new procedures intended to make the next primary fairer.

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