Sanders aide: 'Someone needs to be held accountable' for DNC emails

Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans MORE campaign manager Jeff Weaver said “someone needs to be held accountable” for what was revealed in the leak of internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails this week.

“We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama’s speech were taken by Mrs. Trump,” Weaver said in an interview with ABC News, referring to the plagiarism scandal involving Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention last week. "Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the Trump campaign.”

Some emails posted on WikiLeaks show an effort to undermine the Vermont senator and his presidential campaign. 

One email from the DNC press secretary suggested creating a narrative that the Sanders “campaign was a mess.” 

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a few emails specifically criticizes Weaver, calling him a “damn liar” in one.

Weaver said the emails show misconduct from the highest DNC officials and proved previous claims from the Sanders campaign, which accused Wassermann Schultz of tilting the scale in presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE’s favor during the primary race. 

“Everybody is disappointed that much of what we felt was happening at the DNC was, in fact, happening, that you had in this case a clear example of the DNC taking sides and looking to place negative information into the political process,” Weaver said.

"We have an electoral process. The DNC, by its charter, is required to be neutral among the candidates. Clearly it was not.”

When asked if Wasserman Schultz should resign, Weaver said, “She should consider what her options are.  

"We are trying to build unity for the fall to beat [GOP presidential nominee] Donald Trump, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a figure of disunity in the party, not a figure of unity," he said. 

The issue is stoking lingering tensions between the Sanders and Clinton camps just a few days before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.