The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a GOP’s campaign arm, was the victim of an email hack, which sounds like bad news, but it’s not.
In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee was hit with an email hack, and they have used it as an excuse why Hillary Clinton lost as well as a way to delegitimize the results of the election.
Since the GOP lost 40 seats and control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, they can pull a Hillary and blame it all on the hack. Glass half-full.
The House GOP campaign arm suffered a major hack during the 2018 election, exposing thousands of sensitive emails to an outside intruder, according to three senior party officials.
The email accounts of four senior aides at the National Republican Congressional Committee were surveilled for several months, the party officials said. The intrusion was detected in April by an NRCC vendor, who alerted the committee and its cybersecurity contractor. An internal investigation was initiated and the FBI was alerted to the attack, said the officials, who requested anonymity to discuss the incident.
The NRCC brought on the prominent Washington law firm Covington and Burling as well as Mercury Public Affairs to oversee the response to the hack.
“The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity. The cybersecurity of the Committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter,” said Ian Prior of Mercury Public Affairs.
Leading House Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were unaware of the hack or at least that’s the story Politico is telling. None of them would comment on it, but that might have something to do with not wanting to compromise the investigation.
Committee officials said they decided to withhold the information because they were intent on conducting their own investigation, and feared that revealing the hack would compromise efforts to find the culprit.
“To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident,” said Prior.
According to Politico, no NRCC donor information was compromised and the GOP was not blackmailed by the hackers with threats of publicly releasing the stolen emails. None of the information, which is described as “sensitive,” was ever released to the media.
It’s unclear what information could have been used against the Republicans. Is it shocking that Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine? Does anyone not know that Steve Scalise doesn’t like being shot by lunatic Bernie Bros? It can’t be a secret that Kevin McCarthy doesn’t enjoy being a Republican in super-liberal California.
The big question here is, who is behind the hack? A senior party official who wishes to remain anonymous thinks it was a foreign entity, citing the “nature of the attack.”
Wouldn’t that be something if the Russians were behind the hack? Not only would it destroy the liberal narrative that President Trump colluded with the Russians and is Vladimir Putin’s puppet, but it would also open up a hilarious investigation against the Democrats. It would be great if soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent the next 2 years being scrutinized for her role in colluding with the Russians to steal the 2018 midterm elections.
It would also be pretty sweet if this made social media giants crackdown on liberal points of view. Based on the fact-free Russian meddling conspiracy theory, Facebook and Twitter have all but silenced conservative speech on their platforms so it only seems fair that they do the same to liberals in light of this NRCC hack. We probably shouldn’t hold our breath on this one, though.
In the DNC hack of 2016, we learned, largely from Hillary campaign head John Podesta’s emails, that Hillary Clinton was kind of a bitch who didn’t have a solid vision. This wasn’t remotely shocking news as everyone already knew this, but Hillary and her minions blamed the release of this information as one of the many reasons why she lost.
Republicans can now take a page out of Hillary’s excuse book and blame their hack for losing control of the House. Well, they could if they weren’t Republicans who believe in personal accountability and don’t spend every waking moment blaming others.