DNC chair wants to reform caucuses to encourage diversity

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, addresses member of the audience on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has claimed he wants to reform the Democrat caucuses. During an interview Wednesday, Perez said he wanted to review the order of when each primary happens to reflect a more diverse voter base and give candidates more of a chance to stand out.

This came after Perez suffered intense backlash for appearing to change the committee’s donor requirements, which allowed Michael Bloomberg to participate in the most recent round of debates. Despite the criticism, the chairman claimed he is ready to have a serious discussion about making presidential races a “level field for everyone.”

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

“Parties should be in the business, in my judgement, of helping Democrats up and down the ticket win,” stated Perez. “I want to make sure that we reflect the grand diversity of our party in everything we do, including how we administer our primary system.”

Perez has refused calls for his resignation in the wake of the donor requirement scandal.

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DNC chair wants to reform caucuses to encourage diversity

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, addresses member of the audience on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez claimed he wants to reform the Democrat caucuses.

During an interview Wednesday, Perez said he wanted to review the order of when each primary happens to reflect a more diverse voter base and give candidates more of a chance to stand out.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

This came after Perez suffered intense backlash for appearing to change the committee’s donor requirements, which allowed Michael Bloomberg to participate in the most recent round of debates.

Despite the criticism, the chairman claimed he is ready to have a serious discussion about making presidential races a “level field for everyone.”

“Parties should be in the business, in my judgement, of helping Democrats up and down the ticket win,” stated Perez. “I want to make sure that we reflect the grand diversity of our party in everything we do, including how we administer our primary system.”

Perez has refused calls for his resignation in the wake of the donor requirement scandal.

RELATED: Democrats Come Down On DNC Chair Tom Perez In Wake Of Iowa Caucus

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Rep. Gabbard calls for resignation of DNC Chair Perez

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is calling for the resignation of DNC Chair Tom Perez over the Iowa caucus snafu. On Sunday, Gabbard said Perez is not running an efficient primary.

“Voters deserve the peace of mind that our primary elections are fair, transparent and impartial,” she said. “Unfortunately, their trust has been broken.”

She also slammed the DNC for their debate qualifications, which have kept her from participating in the last three debates. Last week in Iowa, election results were plagued with inconsistencies that resulted in late results.

The 2020 hopeful said her issue with the committee transcends beyond the confusion caused by the Iowa caucus.

“Look, ultimately this is a failure of leadership, and I think DNC Chair Tom Perez should resign,” stated Gabbard. “It’s both because of what we’ve seen happen in Iowa, but also over the last several months, the growing skepticism that I hear from Democrat voters (whether) this primary will actually be carried out in a fair way.”

Gabbard is campaigning in New Hampshire, where she’s currently polling at 3.3 percent. State residents will vote in their primary on Tuesday.

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Iowa Democrat Party Chair calls for probe into caucus

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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The chair of the Iowa Democrat Party is calling for an independent investigation into what went wrong with the caucus this week. On Friday, Troy Price said while 100 percent of reporting has been achieved, delays and inconsistencies have hindered the final result.

Price added the review will take as long as needed.

“We will be undergoing an independent forensic review of the challenges that we saw on Monday night,” he said. “What went right, what went wrong, from start to finish, and what we can do better in the future.”

The Iowa Democrat Party will also give 2020 campaigns the chance to submit evidence of inconsistencies and file a request for a recanvass. Candidates will have until noon on Monday to submit discrepancy claims from the caucus results.

“This morning, we informed campaigns of two new steps over the coming days to ensure that the numbers we reported match the records from caucus night,” stated Price. “First, we are providing presidential campaigns the opportunity to submit evidence of data entry inaccuracies, and we will work to make necessary corrections.”

The chairman went on to say “the IDP will compare the reported numbers with the results from caucus night to ensure the integrity of their reporting.”

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

According to reports, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won 13 pledged delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders took 12 from the flawed Iowa caucus. Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren walked away with eight delegates, former Vice President Joe Biden got six and Sen. Amy Klobuchar received one. The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to finalize those numbers.

The Associated Press calculated how the 40 delegates would be distributed, revealing an extra delegate yet to be claimed. Many believe it could be withheld due to the chaos surrounding the precincts’ reporting.

However, this may give Buttigieg and Sanders an opportunity to tie for the top spot. This would make quite the déjà vu for Sanders, who virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016.

The Iowa Democratic Party will hold a press conference to provide updates next Monday.

RELATED: Report: Iowa Caucus Results Are Still Flawed

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Gaetz to Dem counsel: ‘We want Schiff in the chair! Not you!’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., upbraided Democratic Intelligence Counsel Dan Goldman on Monday to demand that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., take the stand to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

“We want Schiff in the chair! Not you!” Gaetz said to Goldman.

Gaetz’s pronouncement, which interrupted the questioning by the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins of Georgia, drew strong condemnation from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who warned the Florida lawmaker that interruptions would not be tolerated.

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“You’ve been warned before,” Nadler said after slamming the gavel. “You cannot simply yell out.”

Gaetz’s call to have Schiff testify has been echoed by many other Republican lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee.

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“Where’s Adam? Where’s Adam?” Collins asked rhetorically to Goldman during his questioning. “It’s his report.”

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released earlier this month a 300-page report stating that Trump seriously misused the power of his office for personal political gain by seeking foreign intervention in the American election process and obstructed Congress by stonewalling efforts to investigate.

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The report did not render a judgment on whether Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors," warranting impeachment. That is for Congress to decide. But it details “significant misconduct" by the president that the House Judiciary Committee will begin to assess Wednesday.

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"The evidence that we have found is really quite overwhelming that the president used the power of his office to secure political favors and abuse the trust American people put in him and jeopardize our security,” Schiff said at the time of the release.

Schiff added: “Americans need to understand that this president is putting his personal political interests above theirs. And that it's endangering the country."

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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