Copy-Wasserman Schultz to step down as DNC chair in wake of leaked emails

PHILADELPHIA (RNN) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of this week's party convention, Her decision came hours after the party decided that she would not preside over the Democratic National Convention that begins this week.

The DNC Rules Committee named Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) as the chair of the convention on Sunday morning.

After 20,000 leaked emails from party officials indicated a bias against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the pressure began mounting to force her out.

Wasserman Schultz, who was co-chair of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, took fire throughout the presidential primaries from Sanders supporters who said she rigged the process in Clinton's favor. The release of the emails by Wikileaks brought the furor to a head this weekend.

One of the leaked emails indicated a plan to exclude Sanders from a Democratic fundraiser. Another suggested questioning his religion by portraying the Jewish Sanders as as atheist. Sanders has denied being an atheist.

Sanders, who has endorsed her opponent in her bid for re-election to Florida's 23rd Congressional District, reiterated Sunday that the release of the hacked emails proved the DNC was prejudiced against him, and he again called for Wasserman Schultz's ouster. Demonstrations against Wasserman Schultz by Sanders supporters happened outside the convention center while party leaders met with Wasserman Schultz to discuss her future.

Wasserman Schultz issued a statement saying she will open and close the convention and that she'd address delegates about the importance of the election.

Whether that actually happens is up for debate.

A Sanders delegate from Washington, MO, approved of Wasserman Schultz's resignation, but felt it wasn't enough, portending the ugly floor scene Democrats feared if Wasserman Schultz spoke at the convention.

"It's my understanding she is resigning after the convention," said Susan Watermann, who was wearing a Bernie Sanders T-shirt with a Superman logo on it. "I would like for her to resign immediately. Now that there is evidence of collusion, it should definitely be challenged."

President Obama, who appointed Wasserman Schultz to the position in 2011 issued an ironic statement saying "her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together."

Clinton's campaign released a statemen thanking the candidate's "longtime friend" for taking the fight to Republicans. Clinton's statement said that Wasserman Schultz will serve in an honorary position to help elect Democrats across the nation.

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