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Dec 19, 2015 9:13 AM

UPDATE: Sanders campaign and DNC reach agreement, Sanders regains access to voter data

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party and the Bernie Sanders campaign have reached an agreement to restore the campaign's access to a DNC voter database.

The Sanders team had accused the party of holding his White House bid hostage by barring it from accessing its own data. That happened after Hillary Clinton's campaign accused the Sanders campaign of stealing information from the database.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that on Wednesday the Sanders campaign "inappropriately and systematically" accessed Clinton's data. She rejected Weaver's effort to blame the breach on a software glitch and the actions of a small group of rogue staffers, one of whom was fired.

The reaction to the data breach, the depth of which was debated by all involved, tore open an ugly fault line between two camps that had so far engaged in a relatively civil campaign.

Hours before the party's next presidential debate, it also thrust into the open longstanding suspicions among Sanders and his supporters that the national party is unfairly working to support Clinton's candidacy.

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