AC360° Digital Producer
(CNN) – Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod insists that the White House was behind the rush decision in July to ask her to resign after a conservative web publisher released an edited video clip that seemed to show her recounting racist behavior on her part. But she left open the possibility that the request for her resignation might not have come from “others working for the president” rather than directly from President Obama.
After a meeting with Sherrod Tuesday morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack repeated his previous assertions that he did not speak with anyone at the White House before deciding to force Sherrod to step down.
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"This was my responsibility," he said. "I disappointed the president (and) the country. ... I have to live with that."
But, in an interview set to air Tuesday on Anderson Cooper 360° Sherrod said “I stand by that” when asked about her past assertions that the White House had been involved in the loss of her job.
“I was told that it was the White House and even though – I mean he [Vilsack] did the correct thing. He took the blame. That’s what he’s supposed to do as Secretary of Agriculture but I know what I was told: The White House wanted me to resign. Now whether that came directly from the president or others working for the president, I can’t say. But I know I was told, on July 19, it was the White House.”
In the interview, CNN’s John Roberts also asked Sherrod about Andrew Breitbart, the web publisher who posted the heavily edited video.
Watch more of the interview Tuesday night on Anderson Cooper 360°.
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