Ex-Obama adviser: DNC appears to be 'putting finger on scale' for Clinton
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Former top Obama adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodUnscripted remarks start to haunt President Biden The Memo: 'Hillbilly Elegy' author binds himself to Trump after past criticism Psaki 'likely will stay longer' than year as White House press secretary MORE is criticizing the Democratic National Committee's treatment of White House hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure 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.