Sen. Bernie Sanders wants his presidential campaign record to remain private.

When asked if he would release all the medical records he has held back, the Vermont Independent dismissed the notion outright.

“We can talk to anybody,” Sanders said, according to a transcript provided by his office. “I have had to leave over 4,000 hours of labor force, over 1,000 hours of doing my research for the campaign out of the public record to protect my medical and other confidential information.”

At the end of his conversation with The New York Times, Sanders leaned back in his chair, laughing as he added that he would have more to say about his medical records in an interview.

Citing one of his own doctor’s documents, a former female staffer on Sanders’ Senate staff, Samantha Wagner, in 2017 launched a medical malpractice lawsuit against Sanders’ team and his primary campaign over the Senator’s promise to donate any undisclosed legal fees from the lawsuit to the American Diabetes Association.

In December, at Sanders’ request, a jury found Wagner’s allegations baseless and awarded her $850,000. Sanders issued a statement following the verdict, saying the case was a “misuse of the legal system.”

The American Diabetes Association was quick to agree. In a statement at the time, CEO Robin Murphy said the organization had “no proof that one single gift could actually help prevent or manage diabetes.”

“With diabetes alone, Medicaid and private health care costs cost the country more than $150 billion each year,” Murphy added. “Directly benefiting people with diabetes will cost the country less in the long run.”

At his campaign press conference on Wednesday, Sanders touted the donations he has made to the American Diabetes Association over the course of his long political career.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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