Update: The Federal Bureau Investigation is currently investigating the intrusive Russian hack into the Democratic National Committee's emails, CNN reported.
"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the agency said in a statement. "A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who post a threat to cyberspace."
Bernie Sanders supporters took to the streets on Sunday after leaked emails revealed Democratic leaders planned to sabotage Sanders' campaign.
The 20,000 internal emails released by WikiLeaks on Friday showed members of the Democratic National Party swapping ideas on how to undermine the Vermont senator’s campaign, which they deemed “was a mess.” One email in particular has garnered the attention of the masses: In a May 2016 message, DNC CFO Brad Marshall suggested “someone” should ask Sanders about his religious beliefs.
“Does he believe in a God,” the email reads. “He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps.”
Although Sanders was not explicitly named, he was the only Jewish candidate running — which, according to the email, the Democratic Party could exploit in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The incriminating email was sent to DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda and Deputy Communications Director Mark Paustenbach.
Marshall denied the claims, stating to The Intercept, “I do not recall this. I can say it would not have been Sanders. It would probably be about a surrogate.”
However, a day later he apologized for the comments on Facebook: “I deeply regret that my insensitive, emotional emails would cause embarrassment to the DNC, the chairwoman and all of the staffers who worked hard to make the primary a fair and open process. The comments expressed do not reflect my beliefs nor do they reflect the beliefs of the DNC and its employees. I apologize to those I offended.”
Clinton’s campaign has denied the allegation they had something to do with the emails, instead accusing Russia of meddling in the 2016 presidential elections — an accusation denied by President Vladimir Putin, who claimed Russia does not interfere in other countries’ domestic affairs, despite evidence to the contrary.
“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” said Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager on Sunday, claiming the emails’ purpose was to spread disharmony among the candidates.
“I don’t think it’s coincidental that these emails are being released on the eve of our convention here,” added Mook during CNN’s "State of the Union" program, referring to the party’s four-day event set to take place in Philadelphia starting June 25.
Also speaking to CNN, Sanders said the email were “outrageous” but not unexpected.
“I mean, there’s no question to my mind, no question to any objective observer’s mind, the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and I’m not shocked by this,” said Sanders.
But despite the messages, the Vermont senator still would not abandon his support of Clinton, whom he calls a “far, far superior candidate” than Trump.
“We are going to do everything we can to protect working families in this country. What a campaign is about is not about Hillary Clinton; it's not about Donald Trump. It's about the people of this country,” said Sanders. “We're going to focus on defeating the worst Republican candidate I've seen in a lifetime. We've got to elect Secretary Clinton.”
He did, however, call for the resignation of Debbie Wassermann Schultz, the chairperson of the DNC, and expressed his approval when she stepped down.
The party leadership must always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 24, 2016