Sanders Calls For Independent Investigation Of DNC

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday called for an independent investigation of the Democratic National Committee and challenged Hillary Clinton to join him in seeking a probe of DNC data security failures.

Speaking at the Democratic Party’s third presidential debate this year, Sanders also apologized to Clinton for the improper actions of his campaign aides who took advantage of the flaw in the DNC vendor’s computer database.

“Not only do I apologize to Secretary Clinton and I hope that we can work together on an independent investigation from Day One. I want to apologize to my supporters, this is not the type of campaign that we run and if I find anybody else involved in this they will also be fired,” Sanders said.

He addressed questions about the DNC voter database at the outset of the debate one day after the party reinstated his campaign’s access to the critically-important voter database. The DNC backed down after Sanders’ campaign sued in U.S. District Court in Washington.

On at least two occasions, Sanders said, sensitive data was exposed because of flaws in DNC vendors’ software programs.

In one instance, about two months ago, Sanders campaign staffers discovered a vulnerability in the DNC software program and quietly reported the problem to the DNC. On that occasion, Sanders said, “our staff at that point did exactly the right thing” and reported the flaw to the party. The DNC once again “screwed up” in a second instance last Wednesday. On that occasion, however, Sanders’ campaign aides “did the wrong thing” and looked at Clinton campaign records. The data director for the campaign was fired and the campaign is investigating whether others acted improperly.

In the second instance, the data breach was leaked to the press and the DNC arbitrarily decided to shut off the Sanders campaign’s access to its own information, “crippling our campaign,” Sanders said.

Because of the pattern of serious mistakes by the DNC, Sanders called for “an independent investigation of all of the breaches that have occurred from Day One in our campaign.”

Sanders said he hopes the investigation will determine whether his campaign data has been breached by Clinton campaign aides. “I am not convinced that our information may not have ended up in her campaign, don’t know that, but we need an independent investigation and I hope that Secretary Clinton will agree with me for the need of that last point.”

9 thoughts on “Sanders Calls For Independent Investigation Of DNC

  • December 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I hope that Clinton agrees to an independent audit of the breeches, but it will need to happen NOW! The longer it takes, the more time her campaign will have to replace harddrives, thus making it impossible to prove they did indeed access Bernie’s campaign data.

  • December 20, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Bernie put Hillary on the spot last night, on live nationwide television. She could hardly refuse to go along, under the circumstances. Or at least *say* that she will go along.

    Whether she actually follows through by giving her campaign’s official and legally-binding consent, now that the TV cameras are no longer on her, is a very different matter.

  • December 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I am disillusioned by the apparent backroom machinations of the DNC and am strongly inclined to question why the Committee failed to correct the problem when it was first reported. I am convinced as yet that the Sanders staff were tricked into falling for a “firewall scheme” when the second breach occurred occurred, just as it was hoped they would. Otherwise, why was the security breach not corrected, and why is is such a huge deal now? In order to examine this suspicious matter, staff would have been weakened into looking into the data. The fact that it has been reported that the analysis of such a breach has turned up evidence that twenty-five such views were made by Sanders staff indicates that the DNC operatives were prompted to carrying on in such conspiratorial fashion. Investigate Clinton and the DNC NOW!

  • December 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I am disillusioned by the apparent backroom machinations of the DNC and question why the Committee failed to correct the problem when the Sanders’ Campaign first reported the firewall problem. Because of the inappropriate actions on the part of the DNC and the ineffectiveness of the Chairwoman’s responses that fail to exhibit accountability for the egregious overreaction irresponsibly taken to “punish” the Sander’s campaign, I am convinced that his staff were “tricked” into the suspicious matter (particularly since they had reported the issue to the DNC once before). It would seem that staff managing the data for Sanders fell for a ploy on the part of the Clinton/Schultz operatives to view the data in an effort to search for a link that could inform them of who had accessed “their” own data when the firewall was down. The DNC has issued their findings and have in the process exposed their incompetency and possible complicity in such a scheme. This matter needs an independent investigation NOW!

  • December 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    This was actually my thought as well. Given that the head of NGP VAN is a former Clinton affiliate (Who in the national Democratic Party is NOT these days?), and given the close working relationship between NGP VAN and the DNC (and as you say, given that both parties were informed of the software glitch months ago), it really is not that much of a stretch to envision a scenario in which a trap was set for the Sanders IT people, just waiting for one or more of them to take the bait, at which point all hell would break loose – as it in fact did – in an effort to drive Bernie from the race, all in one fell swoop.

    So now we know that HRC and DWS play hardball. Jeff Weaver & Co. played this one beautifully. I have a feeling that Mr. Weaver will have ample opportunity to further perfect his pseudo-crisis management skills many time again…in the near future.

  • December 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I simply ask this: “If something smells like a rat, is it ‘American’ to fool one’s self into believing that you didn’t smell what you thought you had?” Maybe I am mistaken; in which case it might be a duck that happens to smell like a rat. I hope the American people who support Senator Sanders (and those who support Secretary Clinton) will press for an independent investigation that honestly goes about getting to the truth of what’s behind this foul, rodent-like odor.

  • December 29, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I have read that Kroll has been selected to do the independent audit? I have concerns about Kroll due to their links with Goldman Sachs in the past. Does anyone know what is going on with the audit?

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    At least according to VAN the first breach was in a different program, and this error was pushed out in an update a few hours before the Sanders Campaign took advantage of it.

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