NEW HAMPSHIRE (NEWS10) — The race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has turned ugly.
The Sanders campaign filed a lawsuit against the democratic national committee while charging them with pro-Clinton bias.
This comes after Sanders’ campaign aides are accused of cyber-spying on the Clinton campaign.
This is where the democratic presidential debate could turn into an argument.
You might call it “the base-gate” a software glitch allowed up to four Sanders’ staffers to look over confidential files on Hillary Clinton’s voter base.
” … In the heat of these campaigns, young people make misjudgments,” says Jeff Weaver, Sanders Campaign Manager.
For 40 minutes, the staffers combed through the files 25 times looking up voter names, addresses, and voting habits with information on crucial states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz says, “It was viewed and accessed by multiple staff and then downloaded into personal folders.”
One staffer Josh Uretsky, who was fired, told ABC’s Cecilia Vega it was no dirty trick.
“We didn’t use it in any way that we felt could benefit the campaign.”
But the democratic national committee quickly shut out the Sanders’ campaign from its massive data base.
“… The leadership of the DNC has used this incident to shut down our ability to access our own information. Information which, is the lifeblood of this campaign,” says Weaver
Sanders’ people pushed back hard suing the DNC accusing them of siding with Clinton.
DNC Chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz says “It’s baffling to me that they would be hurling accusations at us.”
Clinton and Sanders will have it out face to face on live television here on this New Hampshire stage Saturday night.
ABC’S David Muir and Martha Raddatz will moderate the democratic debate right here on ABC.
Late Friday night the DNC said they were restoring access to the voter files to the Sanders campaign, since the campaign had complied with the committee’s request for information about the breach. They also say the investigation is ongoing.
You can see the democratic presidential debate live right here Saturday at 8 p.m. eastern time and seven central.