In what has been a stressful 24 hours, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has regained all access to the voter data that is provided by the Democratic National Committee. His committee was blocked after they were able to see into Hillary Clinton's campaign.
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The allegations are expected to be one of the main topics at tonight's Democratic debate and both camps are arguing over what happened earlier this week. This is a make or break moment for Sanders, who has been losing a little bit of footing as of late. Sanders sent a statement about the happenings:
“Based on this information, we are restoring the Sanders campaign’s access to the voter file but will continue to investigate to ensure that the data that was inappropriately accessed has been deleted and is no longer in possession of the Sanders campaign," the statement said. "The Sanders campaign has agreed to fully cooperate with the continuing DNC investigation of this breach.
We are glad that all parties are moving forward," the statement continued, "and that the candidates and the party can refocus on engaging voters on the issues that matter to them: building on the President’s legacy of creating jobs, growing the economy, and a robust discussion on how we can keep Americans safe.”
Michael Briggs, a spokesperson for Bernie, said that they told the DNC that they were able to see the files on Saturday morning.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement: “We are pleased that the Sanders campaign has agreed to submit to an independent audit to determine the full extent of the intrusion its staff carried out earlier this week, and also to ensure that Sanders' voter file no longer contains any of the proprietary data that was taken from us. We believe this audit should proceed immediately, and, pending its findings, we expect further disciplinary action to be taken as appropriate.”
This all comes after the Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit against the DNC after it blocked their access to voter base data, leaving them "hamstrung" and losing "critical fundraising and publicity opportunities," according to legal documents.
The information mostly contained things like demographics and voter history, which is vital to Sanders because it "has been financed primarily with contributions from individual donors rather than Political Action Committees," the suit says.
According to ABC News, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, said that she was troubled by the Sanders campaign taking advantage of the software glitch to access the Clinton campaign’s voter data.
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“It was a temporary glitch through a software patch that opened this window. The troubling thing is that one campaign took advantage of the opening of that window, and accessed the information of the other,” she said.