Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the controversial chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will resign after the convention closes at the end of this week.
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention,” Schultz said in a statement. “As Party Chair, this week 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.”
Wasserman Schultz’s resignation comes after Wikileaks exposed a series of emails in which Schultz and members of her team disparaged and even appeared to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign, including a discussion that revolved around questioning his religious faith, despite the DNC and Wasserman Schultz insisting on their impartiality.
Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz to resign earlier on Sunday, and Wasserman Schultz had already been removed as a speaker and head of the Democratic National Convention after a meeting between top Democratic officials on Saturday night.