Xochitl Hinojosa, the DNC's communications director, said in response to Brazile's allegations that "the DNC must remain neutral in the presidential primary process, and there shouldn't even be a perception that the DNC is interfering in that process".
In the excerpts, Brazile detailed how the Clinton campaign helped the DNC, which was in "significant debt" financially.
The Washington Post, which has obtained a copy of the book, ran more highlights yesterday, including that she had considered replacing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as nominees with Vice President Joe Biden and running mate Senator Cory Booker at the last minute, after Clinton almost fainted on September 11, 2016.
Brazile claimed the election was unfair because Clinton's campaign was financing the party from the early days of the election, giving it a preferred status with the DNC. She explicitly states that she set out as interim DNC chair to "get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton's team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested".
Brazile writes that she considered initiating Clinton's removal after the candidate collapsed while leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York City, and Brazile contemplated a dozen combinations to replace Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen.
Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) head Donna Brazile has penned an explosive new memoir about the 2016 presidential election and in it, accuses Hillary Clinton aides of treating her like a slave.
Brazile writes in her book that she considered replacing Clinton as the party's presidential nominee after Clinton appeared unsteady and stumbled during last year's September 11 memorial service in NY. But we do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book.
The Clinton staffers responded they were "shocked to learn" that Brazile would consider overturning the will of Democratic voters. "I could not do this to them", she wrote.
"Frankly, what saddens me about this as much as anything is I think people who read that charge, which is just without merit, are going to perhaps start wondering about other claims in the book", Perez said.
Amid the Democratic flap, which has ripped the scabs off wounds that plagued the party during the 2016 primary, DNC Chair Tom Perez, who succeeded Brazile, pledged Saturday to make the 2020 primary process more transparent. The Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, is casting the race to voters as a way to repudiate the policies of Trump against Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman.
Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns signed agreements that allowed the presidential candidates to raise money for the DNC.
Months later, Clinton's chief challenger, independent Senator Bernie Sanders, signed his own agreement with the party.
Brazile has vowed to go ahead with her story, and naysayers can "go to hell".
"While we've made remarkable progress since last November, we still have a long way to go", he said in a statement. "We are moving beyond her".