Debbie Wasserman Schultz will resign from her post as the Democratic National Committee chair after the party's convention this week, the Florida congresswoman announced Sunday.
"I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America's future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. "Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention."
Wasserman Schultz's resignation announcement comes after WikiLeaks published DNC emails late last week that appeared to show DNC officials working against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) campaign and in favor of Clinton.
Before last week's email leak, Sanders supporters had argued for months that the presidential process has been rigged in favor of the former Secretary of State from the start.
Sanders reacted to the news Sunday.
"It goes without saying the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates to be fair and even-minded," he said. "There's no question to my mind, and I think no question to any objective observer's mind, that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and was at opposition to our campaign."
President Barack Obama also responded to Wasserman Schultz's resignation.
"For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back," the president said in a statement.
"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," Obama added. "Her critical role in supporting our economic recovery, our fights for social and civil justice and providing health care for all Americans will be a hallmark of her tenure as Party Chair. Her fundraising and organizing skills were matched only by her passion, her commitment and her warmth."
Clinton released a comment thanking her "longtime friend" Wasserman Schultz and announcing that the Florida congresswoman will serve as the honorary chair of her 50-state program to get Democrats elected.
"I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. 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's statement reads.
"There's simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie-which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my 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. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid-because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people."
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH,11) will replace Wasserman Schultz as the chair of the Democratic National Convention, which runs Monday through Thursday.
DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will take over as the DNC interim chair through the election.
UPDATE 1 (10:42 a.m.): The FBI announced Monday it is investigating the DNC email hack.
"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," reads a statement from the bureau. "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."
UPDATE 2 (1:07 p.m.): Wasserman Schultz will not gavel in the Democratic National Convention this afternoon.
"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," the Florida congresswoman told the Sun Sentinel.
The convention will instead be opened by DNC secretary and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
UPDATE 3 (4:55 p.m.): Shortly after the Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday afternoon, the Democratic National Committee issued a formal apology to Bernie Sanders over the "inexcusable remarks made over email." Here is the DNC's full statement:
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. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not -- and will not -- tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.
We are embarking on a convention today that -- thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party -- will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.
Donna Brazile, Incoming Interim Chair
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary
Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair, ASDC President
Maria Elena Durazo, Vice Chair
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice Chair
Henry R. Munoz III, National Finance Committee Chair