Wasserman Schultz to step down as Democratic Party chairwoman

FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. is interviewed in New York. (APAP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) —

4:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is thanking her “longtime friend” Debbie Wasserman Schultz after the Florida congresswoman’s decision to step down as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Clinton says that Wasserman Schultz will serve as honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee says she looks forward to campaigning with Wasserman Schultz in Florida “and helping her re-election bid.”

Clinton responded after Wasserman Schultz agreed to step down as chair at the end of this week’s Democratic National Convention.

The move came after the publication last week of some 19,000 hacked emails, some of which suggested the DNC was favoring Clinton during the primary season.

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4:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he is “grateful” for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s leadership at the Democratic National Committee.

Obama says in a statement that the Florida congresswoman has “had my back,” particularly during his 2012 re-election campaign.

He says she played a critical role in supporting the nation’s economic recovery and his effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system. He adds that no one works harder for their constituents.

Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she will resign as party chairwoman at the end of this week’s Democratic convention. The four-day convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia.

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3:55 p.m.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week’s convention.

The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.

That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call Sunday for Wasserman Schultz’s immediate resignation.

In a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia. She also says she will speak at the four-day gathering.

 

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