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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start Monday amid tensions over an email scandal involving outgoing Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders supporters angry over the primary process.

Shortly after the convention began, the DNC issued a "deep and sincere apology" to Sanders. Emails appeared to show Wasserman Schultz and other DNC officials showing favor to Hillary Clinton.

"On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," incoming interim DNC chair Donna Brazile said in a statement. "These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

Wasserman Schultz was initially supposed to gavel the convention into session, but that was changed just hours before it started.

Even that didn't go smoothly with a blunder from Wasserman Schultz's substitute, who called the meeting to order but forgot to actually use the gavel.

Sanders supporters chanted "Bernie! Bernie!" during the invocation and booed when convention chair Marcia Fudge mentioned Clinton's name as well as that of her running mate, Tim Kaine.

Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday that she would be resigning in the wake of an email scandal in which it appeared she and other party officials were trying to aid Hillary Clinton and hurt Sanders, but she planned to gavel the convention in and out.

Instead it was Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the mayor of Baltimore, in her capacity of secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

She addressed the convention and welcomed attendees before calling the convention to order. Rawlings-Blake started to walk off the stage before realizing that she forgot to use the gavel to formally launch the convention. She quickly ran back to the podium and hit the gavel.

The first time that Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned during the convention came during the invocation, and while there was a round of cheers, there was also a burst of "Bernie!" chants that lasted for about 20 seconds.

The next speaker faced a similar fate, with chants of "Bernie!" and "No TPP" were heard.

“I am going to be respectful of you and I want you to be respectful of me,” Fudge said after being interrupted beforehand. “We’re all Democrats and we need to act like it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is now officially acknowledging its investigation into a massive breach of the Democratic National Committee's computers, which sources and experts say was likely the work of government hackers in Russia.

The hack apparently allowed the cyber operatives to not only steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, and many suspect it also led to the theft of internal messages that show efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Those damaging private emails have since been released by WikiLeaks, agitating Sanders followers at the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and prompting DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to tender her resignation, effective at the end of the week.

"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the FBI said in a statement Monday. "A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

For weeks, the FBI had been unwilling to confirm it was looking into the hack -- or even that such a hack had taken place, as The Washington Post first reported in June.

Nevertheless, a cyber security firm working with the DNC spoke extensively at the time about how the DNC was hacked by "two separate Russian intelligence agencies."

Dmitri Alperovitch, the co-founder of firm CrowdStrike, told ABC News in June he knew "definitively" that the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency, was behind the cyber attack, and he was "less confident in, but [had] reason to believe" the Federal Security Service (or FSB), Russia’s security service, also took part. A Russian embassy spokesman denied the allegations.

The hackers were "looking for opposition research on Trump and his campaign" and "they did take opposition research on Trump," Alperovitch said at the time.

"This also shows you espionage has now moved off the just physical realm of recruiting spies and getting information, it's now through cyber means. This is a traditional target of Russian intelligence for 100 years but now doing it for cyber," Alperovitch said, referring to U.S. candidates and campaigns. "I would say this is not surprising at all, this is what intelligence agencies" want to get.

He said the DNC is "absolutely" safer now, explaining back in June that CrowdStrike did a full remediation and "kicked out both adversaries." He added that they installed software because they "expect for them to come back."

"Russian intelligence's interest in the U.S. political system will not cease, it will only intensify and there will be ongoing attempts to hack into the network going forward," Alperovitch said.

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Alexander Tamargo/WireImage(PHILADELPHIA) — Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t open her party’s national convention in Philadelphia Monday, an official confirmed to ABC News.

The news comes one day after Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign from the post at the end of the convention amid the release of internal Democratic National Committee emails by WikiLeaks that appear to show party officials strategizing ways to aid Hillary Clinton and harm Sen. Bernie Sanders politically during the primaries. The outgoing chairwoman was booed and jeered at a pre-convention delegation breakfast Monday morning in Philadelphia.

Wasserman Schultz's decision to not bring the Democratic National Convention to session at the Wells Fargo Center Monday was first reported by the Sun Sentinel, which briefly spoke with the Florida congresswoman by phone.

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she told the South Florida newspaper.

While her role at the convention this week may be reduced, Wasserman Schultz has made it clear that she does not intend to shy away from the campaign trail. She told the Florida delegation breakfast Monday morning that the public “will see me every day” between now and the election.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders booed Monday as the former Democratic presidential nominee contender told them we must elect Hillary Clinton.

Sanders was appearing for the first time this week in Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is set to kick off later Monday.

Addressing a group of his delegates, he spoke broadly about his accomplishments throughout the primary battle.

However, when he said that Hillary Clinton — his primary season rival who is now the presumptive Democratic nominee — must be elected, the crowd began booing.

When Sanders attempted to take back control of the room, arguing that Republican nominee Donald Trump is too "dangerous," the crowd began chanting "We want Bernie!"

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Adam Schultz for Hillary for America(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of veterans on Monday saying she recognized it might take "a little getting used to" that she would be the first female commander-in-chief should she win the White House.

"I know this is the first time that one of our two major parties has ever nominated a woman," the presumptive Democratic nominee said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. "And I know that it takes a little getting used to."

"But here’s what I want you to know," she continued. "I will get up every single day in the White House doing everything I possibly can to protect our country, to treat our men and women in uniform with the care and concern and respect they deserve, to make good on our nation’s promises to our veterans. That’s how I was raised, that’s what I have done and I promise you that’s what I will do."

During these remarks, Clinton -- who was greeted with a polite, but perhaps tepid, response from the crowd -- did not specifically mention her Republican opponent Donald Trump, but also didn't shy away from taking jabs at him.

Contrasting their foreign policy visions, Clinton said "one thing for certain you will not ever hear from me is praise for dictators and strongmen who have no love for America."


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"You will never hear me say that I only listen to myself on national security," she added.

The former secretary of state also critiqued Trump for what she believes is his negative view of the country.

"I don't understand people who trash talk about America, who talk about us as being in decline, who act as though we are not yet the greatest country that has ever been created on the face of the Earth for all of history," she explained. "If you want somebody who will scapegoat other people, peddle fear and smear, I'm not your candidate."
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ABC News/Facebook(PHILADELPHIA) — Jill Stein believes the American people deserve another choice between “a racist billionaire and a proponent of the billionaire club.”

As the presumptive presidential nominee for the far-Left Green Party, Stein wants Donald Trump to be stopped. But she doesn’t think Hillary Clinton is the best alternative.

“Donald Trump, he is a racist, a xenophobic, anti-woman, just anti-working people and it’s very important that that movement, that right wing extremism needs to be stopped,” Stein told ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview at the Democratic National Convention Monday.

Stein says a “true progressive agenda” is needed to stop Trump but argues that Clinton doesn’t fit the bill, condemning the presumptive Democratic nominee who she says won the nomination through “very underhanded and backstabbing techniques." Stein pointed to the newly leaked emails that appeared to show favoritism within the DNC for Clinton as evidence that Clinton "sabotaged" the campaign of former rival Bernie Sanders.

“Even the majority of Hillary supporters don’t actually support Hillary,” Stein said. “They just don’t want Donald Trump. And the majority of Donald Trump supporters don’t support him, they don’t like Hillary.”

“What’s wrong with this picture?” she asked rhetorically. “Democracy is not what we don’t want; Democracy needs a moral compass of what we do want.”

Addressing the critique that her campaign could actually help elect Donald Trump by taking votes from Clinton, Stein rejected the idea and instead put the blame on Clinton.

“It’s Hillary Clinton, because she sabotaged Bernie Sanders campaign,” Stein said. “If there someone to blame I think it goes squarely into the camp of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.”

After winning the nomination through what Stein characterized as “very underhanded and backstabbing techniques,” Stein said Clinton’s choice of running mate in Tim Kaine now “seals the deal” in an “abandonment of the progressive agenda."

For those Sanders supporters who aren’t willing to unite behind Clinton, Stein invites them to join her own campaign.

“I was at a meeting of Bernie Sanders supporters, approximately 800 delegates, who were wildly enthusiastic to hear that they continue the miraculous work that they’ve done, changing the political landscape, with the Green Party, with my campaign,” she said.

The door is also open, she said, to Sanders himself, who she called on “to rescind his endorsement of Clinton and the campaign that stabbed him in the back."

Asked if she would consider giving Sanders the vice presidential slot on her ticket, Stein said “everything is on the table as far as Bernie Sanders” but that he has yet to respond to the call from the Green Party.

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GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — WikiLeaks leaked nearly 20,000 emails on Friday from top Democratic National Committee officials, exchanged from January 2015 through May 2016. Several emails released show that although the DNC was supposed to remain neutral during the primary, officials grew increasingly agitated with Bernie Sanders and his campaign, at some points even floating ideas about ways to undermine his candidacy.

The source of the leak has not been revealed, though Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager Robby Mook said on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believes the Russians were instrumental in it.

"Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Mook said Sunday. "It's troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

The fallout for the DNC, however, has been severe. Just one day before the Democratic National Convention was set to begin, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation, effective at the end of the week. And, as expected, Sanders supporters, hundreds of whom are delegates at this convention, are furious about the content of the emails.

Here are some of the most damaging finds from the leak:

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver an "A--" and a "Liar"

In May, the Democratic Nevada State Convention became rowdy and got out of hand in a fight over delegate allocation. When Weaver went on CNN and denied any claims violence had happened, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, once she was notified of the exchange, wrote "Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he never acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred."

In another instance, right before the Nevada Convention, Weaver publicly commented, "I think we should go to the [national] convention." The chairwoman was flagged about this comment and responded in an e-mail, "he is an a--."

Highlighting Sanders' Atheism

One email shows that a DNC official contemplated highlighting Sanders' likely atheism during the primaries as a possibility to undermine support with voters.

"It may make no difference but for KY and WA can we get someone to ask his belief," Brad Marshall, CFO of the DNC wrote in an email on May 5, 2016. "He had skated on having a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My southern baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist"

Building a Narrative Against Sanders

"Wondering if there's a good Bernie narrative for a story which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess," DNC National Secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote in an email to National Communications Director Luis Miranda on May 21. After detailing ways in which the Sanders camp was disorganized, Paustenbach concludes, "it's not a DNC conspiracy it's because they never had their act together."

The idea was nixed though. "True," Miranda acknowledged in his response. "But the chair has been advised not to engage. So we'll have to leave it alone."

Lamentations That Sanders Is Not a 'True' Democrat

As the primary season wore on, the chairwoman appeared to grow exasperated with Sanders' desire to stay in the race, when the delegate math was against him, in one email even lamenting the fact that he was an independent in the Senate but ran as a Democrat in the primaries. In an April 24 email she received with an article describing the ways Sanders felt the DNC was undermining his campaign, she wrote back, "spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do."

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Donna Brazile maintained that Hillary Clinton’s victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the party’s primary was not a result of any political jockeying by committee aides.

“Hillary Clinton won fair and square. She won the most votes, the most delegates and of course the most states,” Brazile told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia, controversy hangs over the Wells Fargo Center. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is expected to resign as Democratic National Committee chair at the end of the convention amid the release of internal committee emails by WikiLeaks that appear to show party officials strategizing ways to harm Sanders politically during the primaries.

Democratic National Committee communications director Luis Miranda tweeted that Brazile will serve as interim chair "through the election."

“Debbie has spent a lot of time and effort pulling together this convention,” Brazile said on GMA. "She deserves an opportunity, I think, to also close us out.”

According to party sources, Wasserman Schultz's role at the party's convention this week will be severely limited.

Brazile apologized for the email controversy but urged Democrats to unite. Sanders is scheduled to take the stage Monday night along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and first lady Michelle Obama.

“We need to come together,” Brazile said on GMA.

Editor's note: Brazile is an ABC News contributor.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- If you thought last week's Republican National Convention was wild, Philadelphia is ready to prove it can be topped.

Already a party chairman is on her way out, a heat wave has tempers boiling, and protesters who sat out a trip to the Midwest appear to have found reasons to hit Philly instead. Plus, Bernie Sanders is technically still a candidate for president.

Here are five storylines to watch this week at the Democratic National Convention:


It’s sweltering in Philadelphia, to say nothing of the hot air and hotter passions that will flourish inside the Wells Fargo Center. But one of the main missions of the DNC will be to project an optimistic tone for the new Clinton-Kaine ticket. Hillary Clinton wants to soften perceptions of her, with stories of her biography and references to the historical significance of her candidacy. She’ll also lean on an all-star array of speakers -- Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders -- and entertainment A-listers to make the case for her. Her challenge will be to turn government service and experience into a positive in this ultimate year of the outsider. Clinton wants to project an optimistic tone, in contrast to the dark portrait of the current state of affairs painted by the Trump convention.


The man with the resume you can’t make up now has a chance to introduce himself to a party in need of new names. Tim Kaine brings his smile and his Spanish-language chops to the race, with Clinton making a vice-presidential pick designed to project both confidence and competence. Kaine needs to win over skeptical voices in the party’s progressive wing, including a smattering of delegates who say they want a different VP candidate entirely. Kaine, of course, will be on the ticket. But even a prime speaking slot Wednesday night won’t guarantee that he’ll shine among the constellation of Democratic stars. For all the jobs he’s held and policy fights he’s waged, the words he speaks en Español may be the most important he utters this week.


There’s nothing like starting a national convention with the party chair heading out the door. Wikileaks’ release of internal Democratic National Committee emails confirmed liberals’ worst suspicions about a DNC that some felt had its thumb on the scales for Clinton over Sanders. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s announced resignation will minimize the fallout. But the fact that it’s not taking effect until after the convention ends will mean she’ll continue to be a lightning rod for anger at the party establishment. Even brief appearances are all-but certain to be met by boos among convention delegates, ensuring a distracting storyline in the opening hours in Philadelphia. Broader issues the emails raise about a dysfunctional party and its cheerleading for Clinton will last beyond convention week. And the Clinton campaign is blaming the Russians for the leak, implicating that Vladimir Putin is trying to help Donald Trump.


Sanders is making good on his promise to keep his fight going all the way through Philadelphia. His to-the-end campaign earned him a Monday night speech -- the same night Elizabeth Warren is speaking -- as well as the right to insist on a state-by-state roll-call vote for Clinton to clinch the nomination. Then there are Sanders’ supporters -- thousands of them both inside and outside the convention hall, not all of whom are taking orders from Sanders himself. Sanders’ words and actions will be closely scrutinized, and the Clinton campaign knows that it can only hold together the Democratic coalition with the full-throated support of progressives.


Remember that guy? The one who just had his own convention last week? Democrats do, and one theme of the Democratic convention will be to portray their vision of how the world might look under a President Donald J. Trump. Expect lots of one-liners about hair and huge walls. Also expect somber depictions of Trump’s America, with a diverse lineup of speakers set to voice individual concerns. Whatever you do, don’t expect Trump himself to be silent: He’ll be campaigning throughout the week, and also has Twitter ready to go.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has climbed six percentage points after his party's convention last week, garnering his highest support against Hillary Clinton since last September.

Trump earns 48 percent support vs. 45 percent support for Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, within a new CNN poll's margin of error. Another poll from CBS News out Monday morning showed the two candidates tied at 42 percent.

Still, the CNN poll shows Clinton's lead evaporating. Just one week ago, Clinton led by a 49-42 percent margin.

One in four Sanders voters still aren't voting for Clinton. Half of those defecting say they plan to vote for Trump and half say they plan to vote for neither. About the same number of non-Trump GOP primary supporters say they aren't backing Trump.

The poll, taken entirely after the GOP convention, was taken July 22-24 and has a margin of error of /- 3.5 percentage points.

Trump's boost comes as he asserts a commanding lead among white voters without a college degree, climbing to 62 percent -- up 11 points from last week.

Meanwhile, more than two in three voters say they don't think Clinton is honest and trustworthy, a new high in CNN/ORC polling.

But Trump's personal attributes have improved slightly. The number of Americans who say they would be proud to have him be president is up seven points to 39 percent and now 46 percent of Americans say he's in touch with their problems in daily life.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland last week, and aside from a few awkward moments, it ran fairly smoothly.

It doesn't look like the Democratic convention will be as lucky.

Fireworks started even before the convention was gaveled in, amping up the stakes for this week.

Here are the five biggest stories to keep an eye on as the Democratic National Convention starts Monday:

Drama Within the Democratic National Committee

The lead-up to the convention was not without its own share of drama.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday afternoon that she will be resigning as chair of the Democratic National Committee immediately following the convention.

This downgrade in her planned role comes after the leak of internal Democratic National Committee emails, in which staffers were reportedly brainstorming ways to work against Sen. Bernie Sanders. Even a brief appearance by Wasserman Schultz, though, is likely to be met with widespread jeering among Sanders delegates, party officials acknowledge.

While the plan to have Wasserman Schultz open and close the proceedings remains in place, she also claimed in her announcement that she will still address the convention.

Sanders Speaks

The Democratic convention is going to start off with a spark as Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to make his address Monday evening.

He was Clinton’s strongest competitor during the primary and only formally endorsed her on July 12, a month after it became clear that she had clinched the number of delegates necessary to secure the party’s nomination.

There is still a strong contingent of Sanders supporters who are upset with how the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's team handled the primary, meaning that there could be some action on the floor during his speech.

Likely Floor Vote on the Party Rules

One of the biggest orders of business Monday is supposed to be the convention's acceptance of the party rules that were settled over the weekend.

The Democratic National Convention’s Rules Committee passed a resolution Saturday establishing a “unity reform commission.”

The resolution, presented to the full committee as a compromise from the Sanders and Clinton campaigns, would establish a commission next year to review the election and the role of super delegates and caucuses.

The commission will be made up of nine Clinton appointees, seven Sanders appointees and three DNC appointees. They've been tasked with making recommendations to ensure caucuses are “protected,” “less burdensome” and “more transparent.”

Leading Women

Hillary Clinton may be the woman making history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party, but there are two other women who will be center stage Monday night.

The first is first lady Michelle Obama, who is one of the headliners of the first night of the convention, and the second is Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren has campaigned with Clinton since it became clear that she secured enough delegates to clinch the nomination, and Warren was also believed to be among the final contenders to become Clinton’s pick for vice president.

Between Warren and Sanders, some see Monday as the “progressive” day of the convention, since they are both viewed as two of the most outspoken advocates for left-leaning policies.

The Republicans Plan Their Opposition Strategy

While their convention may have wrapped up in Cleveland, the Republicans are now setting their sights on Philadelphia.

All told, they’re expecting to spend more than $350,000 on their efforts at the DNC, a senior Republican National Committee official told ABC News.

The RNC is sending about 36 staffers and about the same number of volunteers to get their message out against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia this coming week.

"I think it's important for the RNC to be in Philadelphia ... so that we can have a rapid response set up," national spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told ABC.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- A former top Trump political adviser being sued by Trump for $10 million over allegations that he broke a confidentiality agreement by leaking confidential campaign information to the press says he’s “insulted” that Trump isn’t suing him for more.

“If you write $10 million, Mr. Trump, it’s got to be $100 million, 150,” ex-staffer Sam Nunberg told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in jest during an interview on Powerhouse Politics at the GOP convention, adding that it doesn’t make him “look that good” if “I can only cause $10 million in damages.”

Trump is seeking the damages in an arbitration proceeding in New York, according to Nunberg's affidavit, for backing Ted Cruz and over claims that he was the source of a leaked story to the New York Post about former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

While Nunberg may talk jokingly about the lawsuit, the dejected former staffer said he hopes the “mishigas” will be resolved “amicably” before the election and lamented the circumstances under which he says he was fired from the Trump campaign last year.

Ultimately, Nunberg said Trump was faced with a decision of whether to stand by Lewandowski or him.

“The campaign manager and I couldn’t get along, and it was his decision that the campaign manager was more important,” said Nunberg, who was fired in August over racially charged Facebook posts he had written several years prior.

But Trump didn’t bring legal action against Nunberg until earlier this summer, many months after his firing from the campaign. So why now?

“This is just Mr. Trump being Mr. Trump,” Nunberg said. “If I had to guess, very insulted I endorsed Ted Cruz during the primary, very insulted.”

But Nunberg pointed to another possible explanation, again involving Lewandowski.

He believes Lewandowski was angered after Nunberg was quoted in Politico saying, “Donald loves to fire people. Why can’t he just say it to Corey?”

That quote came after a story about Lewandowski in the New York Post about an alleged argument between him and press secretary Hope Hicks. Neither Lewandowski nor Hicks has commented about the story.

Nunberg strongly denies leaking the story.

Beyond his own personal dejection over his firing and the subsequent lawsuit, Nunberg praised Trump as a candidate and said he plans to vote for him in November.

“I don’t think I was treated right, but I’m voting for him,” he said.

As one of Trump’s earliest political advisers brought on full-time to consult for Trump in 2014, Nunberg revealed the circumstantial advantages that he believes were ripe for Trump’s unlikely rise in this year’s election.

One major factor, Nunberg said, was that the Republican field was oversaturated with 17 candidates, allowing Trump to gain traction in the polls with what began as a modest level of support.

“We knew they were never going to take us seriously, we knew that,” he said of the other campaigns. “It was the weakness of them not to take us seriously.”

Describing Jeb Bush as “the perfect foil” for Trump’s candidacy, Nunberg went on to compare Trump to a human Rorschach test -- in which people see what they want to see.

“Barack Obama said, ‘I’m like a Rorschach test,’ so could Donald, and that’s what he did,” he said.

“Anybody that underestimates Donald Trump is always making a mistake,” he added.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton on Sunday said Republicans have created a “Hillary standard” that has contributed to the negative impression many people have of her, in her first joint interview with her newly announced running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine.

"I often feel like there's the Hillary standard and then there's the standard for everybody else," the presumptive Democratic nominee said in the interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes.

Clinton explained that there has been a "concerted effort" by Republicans to portray her in a negative light, and described the double standard she believes is set for her as “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality, which take on a life of their own."

Clinton also she will not respond to the repeated name-calling from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or make a name for him, the way he calls her "Crooked Hillary.”

"I don't call him anything, and I'm not going to engage in that kind of insult-fest that he seems to thrive on," Clinton said. "So whatever he says about me, he's perfectly free to use up his own air time and his own space.”

Kaine chimed in to say that while Clinton is letting the "water go off her back on this," that's not the way he feels.

"When I see this, you know, 'Crooked Hillary,' or I see the, 'Lock her up,' it's just ridiculous. It is ridiculous," he said. "I just, you know, it is beneath the character of the kind of dialogue we should have. Because we got real serious problems to solve. And look, most of us stopped the name-calling thing about fifth grade."

Throughout their first joint interview, the two running mates appeared relaxed and at ease -- praising and encouraging each other.

Kaine said he liked the idea of serving as a vice president with two presidents in the White House.

"I mean, it’s an embarrassment of riches," he said, referring to former President Bill Clinton as first man.

Hillary Clinton also touted Kaine’s musical skills.

“I just have to add that he plays a mean harmonica,” she told CBS’ Scott Pelley.

“Got to have a fallback in my line of work,” Kaine retorted.

Clinton announced that she had chosen Kaine as her vice president Friday night, and the pair attended their first joint appearance on Saturday afternoon in Miami.

Clinton and Kaine's interview comes a week after Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, sat down with 60 Minutes as well.

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Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) -- A well-known activist and organizer in progressive circles, Norman Solomon with RootsAction.org, said Sunday he is plotting ways to protest the nomination of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's running mate this week at the Democratic Party's convention.

Solomon said the party should take note of polling that suggests high numbers of Bernie Sanders' supporters are still leery about backing Clinton.

"This fall-off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party with the selection of Tim Kaine," he said, citing Kaine's past votes on trade and banking.

In recent days, Clinton's vice presidential pick has said he would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite having backed the trade deal in the Senate, but Solomon and many other progressives remain skeptical.

Solomon has helped launch a new organization called the Bernie Delegates Network, which claims to have more than 1,250 delegate members and, despite its name, pledges to be working independently from the campaign.

The group has been conducting straw polls of Sanders' delegates, and plans to survey the bunch again in the next 24 hours about possible protests or even floor action to object to Kaine on the ticket. Solomon suggested actions such as staying seated or turning backs when Kaine takes the stage, but said his team was looking into procedural options to protest the Virginia senator in a more formal way as well.

"The onus for party unity was on Hillary Clinton, and it is a bit much to be told, 'You Bernie delegates better snap to it for party unity,'" Solomon added. He suggested a vote on the TPP on the convention floor as another possible olive branch to progressives.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- On the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign as Democratic National Committee chair at the end of the convention.

In a statement laying out the goals of this election cycle she wrote: "The best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. 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."

Her announcement comes amid the release of internal DNC emails by Wikileaks that appear to show the inner workings of the Democratic Party and what seems to be party officials attempting to aid the Hillary Clinton campaign during the primaries.

Several of the emails released indicated that the officials, including Wasserman Schultz, grew increasingly agitated with Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, and his campaign as the primary season advanced, in one instance even floating bringing up Sanders' religion to try and minimize his support.

During the primary battle, Sanders and his supporters accused both the party and Wasserman Schultz of putting their thumb on the scale for Clinton and these emails may indicate support for those allegations. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down.

But as recently as Saturday, Wasserman Schultz campaigned with Clinton in Florida, speaking at Clinton's Miami event with her new running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, himself a former DNC chair.

In a statement on Sunday, Clinton called Wasserman Schultz a "longtime friend."

"I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year's historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week's events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership," Clinton said. "There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie."

She said Wasserman Schultz has agreed to serve as honorary chair of her campaign's "50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states."

President Obama also released a statement praising the departing chairwoman.

"For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back. This afternoon, I called her to let her know that I am grateful. Her leadership of the DNC has meant that we had someone who brought Democrats together not just for my re-election campaign, but for accomplishing the shared goals we have had for our country," he said.

Obama added: "We know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend."

Republican nominee Donald Trump responded with a tweet Sunday: "Today proves what I have always known, that @Reince Priebus is the tough one and the smart one, not Debbie Wasserman Shultz"

Democratic National Committee communications director Luis Miranda tweeted that Donna Brazile will service as interim chair "through the election."

Brazile is an ABC News contributor.

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