Friday, Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filed suit against the Democratic National Committee for withholding voter data from the campaign, claiming it’s costing the campaign more than a half-million a day.
Days before the next Democratic debate, the DNC temporarily suspended the Sanders campaign from accessing voter data due to a staffer wrongfully accessing information through the online system, which was allowed due to vendor NGP VAN dropping firewalls – unofficially being called Datagate.
“Thankfully, after refusing to give us the information we were asking for for nearly two days, last night, we did reach an agreement with the campaign,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) told CNN‘s Victor Blackwell Saturday morning.
Friday, Campaign Manager to Sanders, Jeff Weaver, claimed the DNC was giving an unfair advantage to the Clinton campaign – calling the move “unacceptable” and followed through on a threat to sue, but has since lightened the tone.
“We need to restore confidence in the DNC’s ability to secure data is an independent audit that encompasses the DNC’s record this entire campaign. Transparency at the DNC is essential. We trust they have nothing to hide,” Weaver said.
The DNC Chairwoman said there was a glitch in the system that allowed temporary viewing of files to opposite campaigns. Wasserman Schultz admits that Sanders was not made aware of his staffers’ misconduct.
“He was stunned,” she said. “I know that Sen. Sanders had absolutely nothing to do with this… Unfortunately, he has staff who acted inappropriately, and they need to be held accountable.”
Files were restored in time for the Democratic debate Saturday, held in New Hampshire, which will host Sanders, Clinton, and Governor Martin O’Malley.
Experts expect Datagate to be part of the debate discussion.