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DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down at end of convention

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been ousted as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on the eve of the party's convention, following a chairmanship marked by controversy that was pushed to bring by revelations from leaked internal emails.

"Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention," Wasserman Schultz said in a lengthy statement Sunday announcing her resignation. "I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."

"We have planned a great and unified Convention this week and I hope and expect that the DNC team that has worked so hard to get us to this point will have the strong support of all Democrats in making sure this is the best convention we have ever had," she added.

Wasserman Schultz had became toxic to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who accused her rigging the Democratic presidential nominating process in favor of Clinton. But many Democrats had privately lost confidence in her leadership as well.

Emails posted online by Wikileaks and apparently stolen by hackers working for the Russian government seemed to show a plot by Democratic officials to damage Sanders.

One email showed the party's finance chairman suggesting they use what they assumed to be Sanders' atheism against him in Kentucky and West Virginia, religious states where it might not play well.

Others showed Wasserman Schultz criticizing Sanders for not being a member of the party and saying he would never be president.

Rep. Marcia Fudge has been selected to serve chair of the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off Monday.

It's unclear who will replace under pressure as chair of the party, with some Democrats floating Sen. Dick Durbin or HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

Wasserman Schultz had effectively lost control of the DNC already after Hillary Clinton's campaign inserted operative Brandon Davis to run it on a day-to-day basis.

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