Bernie Sanders isn't letting go of data breach controversy

Bernie Sanders addresses data breach controversy
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  • Sanders wants independent audit of DNC voter data system
  • His campaign won't drop lawsuit against the DNC

Washington (CNN)Bernie Sanders may have gotten access to the Democratic National Committee's voter data system again and even apologized to Hillary Clinton onstage at the third Democratic debate, but the data breach fracas isn't ending anytime soon.

His campaign sent out a request Monday evening that Clinton join in his call for an independent audit of the DNC's centralized NGP-VAN voter data system. And campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said he did not expect the campaign drop its lawsuit against the DNC until it gets some answers.
Weaver said the lawsuit could lead to a discovery phase, and possible depositions, if it continues, all of which he hopes will unearth problems with the voter system he said the campaign first alerted the DNC about in October.
    "We want to be confident we can get to the bottom of how data is handled at the DNC," Weaver told CNN Monday. "I think all the campaign need to know what the status is."
    Despite looking bad for Sanders on the surface, the campaign has used the breach to fundraise heavily and fire up a liberal base already suspicious the Democratic establishment.
    "We hope the Clinton campaign will join us in calling for a thorough, independent investigation starting from Day One in the campaign to review all possible data security failures that may have occurred at the DNC," Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement.
    The Sanders campaign filed suit against the DNC late Friday, claiming a breach of contract when the party locked the campaign out of its voter data system. The suit followed one day after it was revealed Sanders' data director had exploited a gap in the system to view primary turnout expectations for Clinton campaign.
    The Sanders data director was fired by the campaign last Thursday and two more staffers were suspended Saturday.
    DNC and Clinton spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests for comment.