6. (C) Tsai, who has purposely distanced herself from the Chen Shui-bian scandal and has said little in public or in previous meetings with AIT, offered insights on Chen and his status within the DPP. Asked whether Chen decided to resign from the DPP or was encouraged to do so, Tsai explained that she did not ask Chen directly. Instead, she asked a senior DPP member to reach out to Chen to urge him to quit the DPP for the good of the party. Chen's subsequent efforts to rally public support for himself were motivated largely by his legal considerations and had not hurt the DPP. While the DPP was content to leave the process to the judicial system, she cautioned that the DPP would have to reconsider if the process were to be politicized.