Bernie Sanders Apologizes to Hillary Clinton for Data Breach

During the Democrat debate, Sanders apologizes to Clinton for his staffer accessing the Clinton campaign's voter file data.
5:45 | 12/20/15

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We want to address the controversy of the last 24 hours right off the top because we heard some of the most heated rhetoric of the campaign so far between to of the campaigns on the stage tonight. Senator Sanders who fired a campaign staffer if you had sued the Democratic National Committee. All of this after your campaign acknowledged that some of your staffers quote irresponsibly access data from another campaign. The Clinton Campaign called this a very egregious breach of data and ethics and said quote our data was stolen. Did they overstate this or were your staffers essentially stealing part of the Clinton playbook. David. Let me give little bit of background you. The DNC. Has hard offenders. On two occasions there were breaches and information two months ago. Our staff found information on outlook computers. From the Clinton Campaign. And what Alice episode well what's going on here they went to the DNC quietly. They went to the veterans say it takes something goes wrong and that was quietly dealt with none of that information was looked at a slip at that point did exactly the right thing. Few days ago. Similar incident happened there was a breach. Because the DNC then got screwed op. Information came to our campaign in this case I was staff did the wrong thing they looked at that information. It soon as we learned that they looked at that information. We fought back person we are now doing an independent internal investigation to see who else was in law. Thirdly what I have a real problem witness you mentioned. This is a problem I recognize it is a problem. But what the DNC did arbitrarily. Without discussing it with us is shot all our access to our own information. Crippling outlook campaign that is an egregious act I'm glad that late last night. That was resolved. For public artwork look forward to working with Secretary Clinton. For any investigation. And independent investigation. About all all the breaches that have occurred from day one in this campaign because I am not convinced. That information from our campaign may not have had been up in her campaign don't know that. But we need an independent investigation. And I hope Secretary Clinton we will agree with me for the needed that last point. When we saw the breached two months ago we did it well run into the media and make a big deal about it. At a baucus be very much that rather than working on this issue to resolve it. It has become many press releases from the Clinton campaigns a late. But senator you do mention the DNC the vendor but you said if your staff that they did the wrong absolutely the Secretary Clinton deserve an apology tonight yes I apologize. Secretary Clinton. It's the Secretary Clinton and I hope we can work together on an independent investigation from that what I want to apologize to my supports. This is not the type of campaign that we run. And it's like flying anybody else involved in this they will also be part Secretary Clinton he's apologized study Rea. I very much appreciate. That set comment Bernie it really yet. Is important that we go forward on this. I know that you now have your data back and that there has been an agreement for independent. Inquiry into what did happen. Obviously we were distressed when we learned debit because we've worked very hard I said in the beginning of this campaign. We want to reach as many voters as possible and we have tens of thousands of volunteers doing that an entering data. All the time to keep up with what people are telling us. On and so. Now that I think. You know we've resolved cure date we've agreed on independent. Inquiry we should move on because I don't think. The American people are all that interested in this I think there. David look for crying out about. Our country. Has been attacked. We have pressing issues involving how we're going to. Adapted this changing era of warfare our economy people are working harder at being left behind you want to know why things don't get done in Washington. Because for the last 24 hours with those issues being so urgent to people as they tune in tonight. Wondering how they're gonna stab even be able to buy presents for their kids instead. We're big listening to the bickering. Back and forth maybe that's normal politics in Washington but that is not the politics of higher purpose that people expect from our party. We need to address our security issues we need to address the economic issues around the kitchen table and if people want a more high minded politics and want to move our country forward. Go on to Martin O'Malley dot com and help my. Tucker don't mild in the B agree with Secretary Clinton. In a we have this incident before secretary remote would your famous emails right now what I said I think we'll double normality this thing and I hope you site. Is when the middle class of this country's disappearing. When we have massive income and wealth that he Paul probably the only major country on earth not guaranteed health gentle people. All of your shoes of the governor talked about the secretary talked about both all the issues media notwithstanding. Both thought the issues that the American people want discussed that I hope the clock vigils will discuss senator Sanders that's.

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