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Terry McAuliffe, a Former DNC Head, Outraged by Email Leak

PHILADELPHIA -- Virginia governor and former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe said he was outraged after reading leaked DNC emails showing bias against Bernie Sanders.

"I don't want to get into my private conversations with people, but I made it very clear as soon as I saw it, people need to be fired immediately," McAuliffe told reporters after addressing the Virginia delegation breakfast Monday morning. "I'm sorry. Just, if I'd been chair, they would have been fired within 5 minutes."

The governor said his initial reaction to reading the leaked emails was "outrage."

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she would step down as chair after this week's convention. Throughout the Democratic primary battle, Sanders accused Schultz and the DNC of favoring Hillary Clinton and called for the chair's resignation.

McAuliffe, who headed the DNC during the 2004 presidential election, said Wasserman Schultz deserved to remain on as chair until the end of the Democratic convention.

"Let her gavel open, let her gavel close. She's earned that," McAuliffe said. "She's worked hard. Obviously there were mistakes made on this, she's resigned."