The decision was reportedly made on Saturday, one day after Wikileaks published nearly 20,000 internal DNC emails, several of which suggest the DNC supported Clinton over Sanders and even took actions to derail the Sanders campaign.
CNN’s DNC source said that the decision to fire Schultz was supported by both the Sanders and the Clinton camps.
“We need a new chair that is going to lead us in a different direction,” Sanders said.
Sanders reiterated his support for Clinton, adding, “To my mind what is most important now is defeating the worst candidate I have seen in my lifetime, Donald Trump.”
UPDATE [4:00 p.m.]: Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement on Sunday in which she announce she’d be stepping down from her role as Democratic National Committee Chair at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention.
Schultz also said that she will make some sort of address at the convention, countering some earlier claims that she might not be speaking at all.