Sanders campaign threatens to go to Federal Court if DNC does not reverse decision to bar them from voter file data.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's campaign on Friday threatened to take the Democratic National Committee to federal court for barring aides from accessing voter data collected and compiled by the campaign.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver railed against the DNC for its "inappropriate reaction," and accused the committee of denying the campaign access to its own voter information.
"We are announcing today that if the DNC continues to hold our campaign hostage, we will be in federal court this afternoon seeking immediate relief," he said.
The threat comes after the DNC penalized the Sanders campaign for gaining access to Hillary Clinton's private voter data information, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday.
The information breach came through the NGP VAN, which allowed a short window of time for access to crucial voter ID statistics.
The campaign aide who briefly accessed Clinton's files was immediately fired after the incident.
Weaver added that the Sanders campaign would seek a complete audit of the DNC's operations from the beginning of campaigning through the present. Such a probe would include a similar data breach in August which resulted in exposed data from the Sanders campaign.
Weaver said that the issue was brought to the DNC and they were assured it would not happen again.
He called the DNC's response to Wednesday's breach "inappropriate," and charged the DNC with trying to sabotage their campaign.
"I would like to see another instance where a presidential campaign was locked out of its own volunteer data," Weaver said.
In a statement Friday, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said a decision on the Sanders campaign's access to data will be made after the DNC gets a "full accounting" of what happened.
"Once the DNC became aware that the Sanders campaign had inappropriately and systematically accessed Clinton campaign data, and in doing so violated the agreement that all the presidential campaigns have signed with the DNC, as the agreement provides, we directed NGP VAN to suspend the Sanders campaign's access to the system until the DNC is provided with a full accounting of whether or not this information was used and the way in which it was disposed," she said. "I have personally reached out to Senator Sanders to make sure that he is aware of the situation. When we receive this report from the Sanders campaign, we will make a determination of re-enabling the campaign's access to the system."
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