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Donna Brazile says she was 'scared' following DNC leaks

Then-interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile walks through the spin room after the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Brazile, who vacated her post after the election of Tom Perez over the weekend, said she was "scared" following the DNC email hacks. (Getty Images/Andrew Harrer)

Following the hacks into the Democratic National Committee, interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile admits it — she was scared.

"All I can tell you is that when I left the room after that [FBI] briefing [on the hacks], I went back to the DNC, closed the office and stared at the ceilings," Brazile told Politico's "Off Message" podcast. "There was nothing else I could do."

"I was scared," Brazile added. "I was scared that first day and night. I went home that night, I couldn't talk to anybody because I had a — I couldn't even tell the staff what was happening to them."

She told DNC members last week that staffers faced death threats following the Russian hacks and leaks into the party's internal documents and communications last year.

Brazile became interim chairwoman after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) stepped down during the 2016 Democratic National Convention amid controversy after leaked emails purported to show the party working to ensure Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee and damage Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) candidacy in the process.

Following the DNC leak – including her own emails published on WikiLeaks — Brazile said she became so fearful of her status as a target that she hired someone who would check to make sure her house was safe every time she went home.

"There was an individual who would often go up the stairs, you know, a gentleman to make sure that there was nothing suspicious, no packages," Brazile said.

During the podcast, Brazile also criticized President Donald Trump and asserted that he is still in "campaign" mode even in the White House:

Donald Trump has not switched off the campaign button. He is still in campaign mode and if he wants to use his time in office — he only has four years, but if he wants to use four years, you know, bashing Donna Brazile, insinuating misleading information, that's up to Mr. Trump. I have no — I have the respect for the office of the president but I have no — I don't have the capacity.

The DNC elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Saturday to lead the party, allowing Brazile to vacate the interim post. She did not run for her old position as vice chair.

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