Sanders campaign suspends two staffers in connection with voter data breach

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Two more Bernie Sanders campaign staffers were suspended along with another who was fired in connection with the camp accessing Hillary Clinton’s voter data, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said late Saturday.

Sanders apologized to Clinton and his own supporters Saturday night during the Democratic National Debate, seeking to put an end to the controversy surrounding the debate and to move on to more important national issues.

Clinton’s campaign accused the Sanders camp of stealing information used to target voters and anticipate what issues might motivate them. The Democratic National Committee temporarily cut off Sanders’ team access to its own voter data, which Sanders called an “egregious act.”

Sanders still maintained at the debate that his team acted improperly.

"This is not the type of campaign that we run," he said. Sanders' campaign fired a worker involved in the breach but also used the controversy to raise money, sending an email to supporters that said the national party had placed "its thumb on the scales in support of Hillary Clinton's campaign."

Clinton quickly accepted the apology Saturday night, saying "We should move on because I don't think the American people are all that interested in this."

Weaver slammed the DNC Friday, accusing the Democratic officials of unfairly working to support Clinton’s run for president.

"Clearly, in this case, they are trying to help the Clinton campaign," Weaver said.

The DNC temporarily shut off the Sanders team’s access to the voter database and asked for an accounting of how the information was used and disposed of.

Hours after Sanders filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington to regain access to the database, the Sanders campaign had complied with the party’s information request.

"Based on this information, we are restoring the Sanders campaign's access to the voter file, but will continue to investigate to ensure that the data that was inappropriately accessed has been deleted and is no longer in possession of the Sanders campaign," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

The Clinton campaign said in a statement early Saturday it was pleased to see the Sanders camp agreed to submit an independent review.

"We believe this audit should proceed immediately, and, pending its findings, we expect further disciplinary action to be taken as appropriate,” the statement said.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.