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Bernie Sanders keeps suit against DNC alive in federal court

By Eric DuVall
Bernie Sanders keeps suit against DNC alive in federal court
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses supporters at a rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His campaign has kept a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee alive after the DNC accused a Sanders campaign aide of intentionally hacking private data belonging to Hillary Clinton. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is keeping his lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee alive to make sure he's treated fairly.

The suit was officially filed Thursday after a federal judge gave the Sanders campaign a deadline of Thursday to do so, or risk having its complaint tossed out of federal court.

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The case stems from the fallout over a Sanders aide accessing data through a DNC voter database that was proprietary information belonging to his rival, Hillary Clinton. The Sanders campaign fired the aide responsible for the data breach and said he was only trying to document a security lapse, not hack into Clinton's campaign.

The DNC sided with Clinton's camp and temporarily shut off the Sanders campaign's access to its voter data. The Sanders campaign took the matter to court, alleging breach of contract and seeking $75,000 in damages, but until Thursday had not officially served the DNC with the lawsuit.

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The DNC restored Sanders' access to its voter data shortly after the incident, and both sides said they remain in what a Sanders aide described as "cooperative discussions" to resolve the matter.

An unnamed Sanders campaign aide tells The Hill the filing of the suit is "very procedural" and said, "the reason to keep this [lawsuit] in place was to make sure Sen. Sanders is treated fairly in this process."

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DNC spokesman Mark Paustenbach told The Hill he's optimistic both sides will resolve the case out of court.

"We continue to have productive discussions with the Sanders campaign and look forward to resolving this matter," he said. 

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