Republican Party

The NRCC Says They Were Hacked by Foreign Agents

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans, was breached by unknown agents earlier this year according to Politico.

This is a very curious case because the breach was reportedly detected all the way back in April, but we're just learning about it now because none of the GOP's senior leaders were told about it.

An internal investigation was initiated and the FBI was alerted to the attack, said the officials, who requested anonymity to discuss the incident.

However, senior House Republicans — including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — were not informed of the hack until POLITICO contacted the NRCC on Monday with questions about the episode. Rank-and-file House Republicans were not told, either.

While party officials would not explicitly say who they believe was behind the attack, they did tell Politico that they believe foreign agents were responsible.

In any case, the party's emails were reportedly compromised for a period of at least three months during which time their accounts were actively "monitored." It's baffling that neither party leadership or their staff were notified that several months worth of their private emails may have been compromised. Politico reports that none of them knew about it until they asked to comment on the breach.

I don't believe it would take too many guesses to figure out which foreign intelligence agency was responsible for this.

  • Draxiar

    Probably a 400 pound guy in Jersey.

  • muselet

    However, senior House Republicans — including Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) — were not informed of the hack until POLITICO contacted the NRCC on Monday with questions about the episode. Rank-and-file House Republicans were not told, either.

    Huh? Not even a quick “Hey, just a reminder that little pitchers have big ears”?

    Or is the NRCC so on-board with Donald Trump’s man-crush on Vladimir Putin—or whichever despot decided to see what the Rs were up to *wink wink*—that they told the FBI, then shrugged and forgot about the whole thing?

    There’s more to this story than has yet been uncovered.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      My immediate reaction was that they didn’t disclose it because it would just prove Democrats were right.

      • muselet

        I’m sure that’s a large part of the explanation.

        However, the Rs got hacked—at the very least, it looked an awful lot like it—in 2016, just like the Ds. Russia just didn’t bother to leak anything they’d learned from the GOP (I wonder why). I’d have thought the NRCC would at least pretend to be a little bit peeved about Russian *wink wink* meddling in two consecutive elections, despite Trump’s penchant for short, muscular autocrats.

        –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    The phone lines to the Wisconsin legislature hotline are jammed up. Too many callers upset by what the Wisconsin gop are up to. FFFFFF those power hungry bastards.

    • Tony Lavely

      Would that they cared.
      Phones? Those are for the little people.

      • Badgerite

        No. That’s true. They only care about power and power comes from the ballot box. Ergo their current power grab of limiting the times of early voting. The gerrymandering and voter suppression laws so far didn’t make them totally immune from accountability to the people of this state so they just go one step further by cutting down the opportunity for early voting.
        Next they will be putting a jar of jelly beans at the polls and not letting anyone vote unless they can accurately predict how many jelly beans are in the jar. And they get to make up the number of jelly beans in the jar.
        That is the Wisconsin gop these days. That is what they “believe in”.
        They pit the rural areas against the urban areas using racist dog whistles and then screw over the whole state. Urban and rural both. And to the benefit of the outside money that fills their campaign coffers and probably their own pockets as well. This is exactly what Bob La Follette fought against his whole life. In his day, they carried bags of cash to the offices in the state legislature. These days they just dump the money into their campaign coffers and provide them with lucrative jobs when they leave or get kicked out of office. What they “believe in” is voter suppression and they know it. Just because they don’t say it out loud because it would establish an impermissible, unconstitutional motive to their ffffery doesn’t make it any less intentional and knowing deprivation of the constitutional rights of their own citizenry designed to make them unaccountable to the people.

  • Badgerite

    Nothing suspicious going on there. (Sarcasm alert.) Maybe Putin wanted some privacy while he listened in on their digital conversations.