DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned Friday, just hours after a special counsel was appointed to look into allegations of widespread voter fraud.
The resignation was announced by the Florida Democrat in a statement released to The Associated Press.
“After careful consideration and the advice of my family and my counsel, I have made the decision to step down as chair of the DNC,” Wasserman Schultz said in the statement.
The statement also included a letter from Wasserman Schultz, whose role as DNC chair has been under scrutiny for weeks.
In it, she said she has “serious concerns about the conduct of the Special Counsel and that this investigation will continue.”
The resignation comes as a special congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has gained momentum amid revelations that top officials of the Trump campaign and the Kremlin collaborated with Russian hackers to interfere in the election.
A special counsel, appointed by the Department of Justice, has been appointed to investigate the allegations.
A spokesman for Wasserman Schultz declined to comment.
Wasserman Schultz had faced criticism for her handling of the election, with several former Democratic presidential candidates including former Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley, a former Sanders surrogate, saying she did not have the guts to face the Russian government and that she should resign.WASSERMAN SCHULTZ IS NOT GOING OUT OF HER WAY TO REFORM THE DNC, O’MALLEY SAYS IN LETTER TO REP.
WASSERMSS HONORED ON CIRCLE OF LIFE.
“I would also like to thank Debbie Wasserman Shultz for her leadership on the DNC and for her hard work as chair.
This is a tough decision but I know that the DNC is the strongest institution in the country and I believe in it,” O’Mahoney wrote.
“The DNC is working hard to rebuild and transform itself.”
The Hill reported Friday that the Special Committee has hired an outside law firm to investigate whether the DNC, as it stands, is in violation of federal law.
The House Ethics Committee has been investigating whether Wasserman Schultz acted improperly as chair in the months before the election by leaking internal DNC documents to reporters and making a series of statements that undermined her campaign and made it appear as though she had been pressured to hand over information to the Clinton campaign.WALLACE’S LATE RETURN WOULD BE AN ‘INDIGNMENT’ TO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE: DEMOCRATIC REPORTER AND DEMOCRA FAN KARL WOLFE.
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would not accept the resignation of former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz until she fully investigated Russian interference in the Democratic primary.
“In my opinion, Debbie Wasserman Wasserman Schultz should resign,” Biden said at a press conference on Friday.
“We need to do everything we can to see if there is evidence that the Russians were trying to influence the outcome of the Democratic nomination.”
Wassister Schultz’s resignation comes after an investigation by the House Ethics and Republican Oversight committees into whether she improperly used the DNC’s resources to support her political campaign.
She is also under fire over her handling on the eve of the Nov. 8 election, when the DNC used its resources to air advertisements that favored President Donald Trump, a Republican, over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.WALSH’S REPLACEMENT AS DNC CHIEF IS ‘NOT GOING TO HELP THE DEMOCRIBE’: DEMOCREPORATOR.
Wasserman Schultz’s appointment as DNC Chair is not going to help the Democratic Party, according to Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
“I would like to see the special counsel take a look at this and I think they will come to the same conclusion that I do that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz did not act appropriately and the DNC needs to be reformed,” Ellison told CNN on Saturday.
“She needs to take responsibility for her actions.”
The Senate intelligence committee on Friday launched an investigation into the DNC over its handling of last year’s presidential election.
A spokesman for the panel said the investigation is expected to be completed before the end of the month.
The Senate panel, which has been led by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, has asked for documents related to the 2016 presidential election, including the DNC emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks.
The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D.-Ore., is the lead Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel.
He and Wyden have called for the investigation to continue as long as it does not lead to criminal charges.
The special counsel’s team is looking into the allegations that the Democratic National Committee, as a whole, violated the Hatch Act by accepting campaign donations from Russia.
The act requires candidates and other political entities that receive foreign funding to disclose their donors and have their names disclosed.WND reported earlier this week that the committee is also looking into whether the Trump administration had any role in the campaign, including whether any Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to help sway the election in favor of Trump