Ex-Obama adviser: DNC appears to be 'putting finger on scale' for Clinton
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Former top Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe George Floyd bill offers justice for Black America White House denies involvement in Senate decision on trial witnesses The Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats MORE is criticizing the Democratic National Committee's treatment of White House hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersAmazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening? What's really behind Joe Biden's far-left swing? It's time to declare a national climate emergency MORE in the growing controversy over private voter data.

"W/out evidence that his hierarchy knew about data-poaching, harsh penalty v. @BernieSanders looks like @DNC is putting finger on the scale," David Axelrod tweeted Friday.

The Sanders campaign is suing the DNC in federal court after the campaign was barred from accessing the DNC's voter database. The suspension came after a Sanders campaign staffer improperly obtained private data from Hillary Clinton's campaign. The Sanders team fired the staffer and says the DNC overreacted.

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"That the Democratic Party would deny our staff and volunteers access to data needed to contact voters in Iowa and New Hampshire on the day we reached two million individual contributions and received two of our most prominent endorsements is disconcerting," the Sanders campaign wrote in an email to supporters.