Sanders files suit to regain access to DNC voter database

Bernie Sanders
In this photo taken Oct. 30, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks in Manchester, N.H. One year before Election Day 2016, Republicans are consumed by uncertainty and infighting while Democrats are coalescing behind Hillary Rodham Clinton. But there's a long way to go. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to regain access to a Democratic National Committee voter database.

The DNC temporarily barred the campaign this week from the massive trove of voter information after Sanders’ staff improperly accessed data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton.

The lawsuit says the campaign is now “sustaining irreparable injury and financial losses.”

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said earlier Friday the DNC was “taking our campaign hostage” by preventing it from accessing the data.

He threatened the lawsuit if the party didn’t back down.


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