House committee opens inquiry into whether Trump campaign used stolen voter data

But sources told CBS News that the committee is analyzing related documents to look for any connections between the data thefts and the Trump campaign. It has not found any evidence so far, however.
By Linda Mack | Jun 26, 2017
The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether members of Trump's election campaign last year received stolen voter data from hackers, according to numerous reports on Friday. The report follows new revelations this week about the extent of hacking of election systems, which officials said was more extensive than initially thought.

Unnamed officials told Time earlier this week that Russian hackers accessed local voter database systems in as many as 39 states last year and stole thousands of voter records, which included voters' Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and other personal information. A hack of just one Illinois database resulted in the compromising of 90,000 voter records.

The Illinois data breach is one of the focal points of the House committee's inquiry. Lawmakers are said to be asking whether it is traceable to Moscow and, additionally, whether its data made its way to Trump's campaign.

"If any campaign, Trump or otherwise, used inappropriate data the questions are, How did they get it? From whom? And with what level of knowledge?" Michael Bahar, a former Democratic Congressman who served as the top Democratic staffer on the House Intel Committee and is currently a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, said in an interview with Time. "That is a crux of the investigation."

The committee's current members reportedly declined Time's requests for comment. But sources told CBS News that the committee is analyzing related documents to look for any connections between the data thefts and the Trump campaign. It has not found any evidence so far, however.

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