WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she will step down at end of party’s convention.
Democratic officials were weighing whether the party’s chairwoman should resign following the publication of hacked emails suggesting favoritism in the primary for Hillary Clinton, raising the prospect of a leadership shake-up on the eve of the convention.
The discussions came hours after Bernie Sanders, who finished second to Clinton in the primary, called for chairwoman Wasserman Schultz to step down immediately.
Wasserman Schultz has been a lightning rod for criticism throughout the presidential campaign, with Sanders repeatedly accusing the Democratic National Committee of backing Clinton, despite the party officially being neutral.
The bitterness and frustration among the party’s more progressive wing increased after the website Wikileaks published some 19,000 DNC emails suggesting the party was favoring Clinton.
In one leaked email, a DNC official wondered whether Sanders’ religious beliefs could be used against him, questioning whether the candidate may be an atheist.
The revelations prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation Sunday.
Sanders was critical of the Florida congresswoman throughout the primary, accusing the party of rigging the process in favor of Clinton.