At the beginning of Friday, it was announced that the Democratic National Committee had suspended the Sanders campaign’s voter file access. By the end of Friday, the Sanders campaign had sued the DNC as the Clinton campaign took shots at their rival campaign and the Republicans, especially RNC Chief Strategist Sean Spicer, took delight in the ordeal.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said that “We’re going to win this nomination and then replace leadership at DNC.”
Then mere minutes into Saturday, Politico reporter Gabriel Debendetti tweeted that the DNC had decided to grant the Sanders campaign their access back.
Then the spin began.
The Sanders campaign, who sued the DNC for access on Friday in federal court, said it was a victory based off the lawsuit. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement, “Clearly, they were very concerned about their prospects in court.”
The DNC maintained that it was much more simple than that. When the Sanders campaign’s access was suspended, the DNC said that once they were given a explanation of what occurred and a guarantee that the improperly accessed data was deleted, the Sanders campaign would have their access restored. The DNC says just that occurred and therefore access was restored.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that the campaign had “agreed to fully cooperate with the continuing DNC investigation of this breach.”
However, Weaver said that the Sanders campaign had not provided any new information to spur the decision, “The information we provided tonight is essentially the same information we already sent them by email on Thursday.”
The Clinton campaign said it was “pleased” at the news that the Sandera campaign is cooperating. The Clinton campaign was visibly angry at the theft of their data and trained their fire at the rivaling campaign. Campaign manager Robert Mook ripped his rivals in a conference call with reporters and spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted, “If you are so proud of your grassroots organization, you should not need to resort to stealing campaign data.”