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Beyer, Johnson, Lipinski Ask for Hearing on Trump Administration Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Committee Republicans held numerous hearings to investigate Obama officials, including former Secretary Clinton.

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Washington, February 9, 2017 | comments

Democratic leaders on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter today to their Republican counterparts on the Committee’s majority requesting a hearing on lapses in cybersecurity in the Trump White House.  

“Just months ago the House Science Committee’s Republican Majority seemed to believe that cybersecurity for the President’s team was a national emergency,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “Security of emails and servers was a primary concern, requiring multiple investigatory hearings and numerous subpoenas. But this interest seems to have subsided the instant a Republican entered the White House. Cyber threats will not respect partisan ideology, and this committee should exercise its oversight role. ”

Media reports have suggested possible vulnerabilities for both phones and email accounts among President Trump and his senior staff, but while the Science Committee aggressively investigated such reports during the previous administration, its interest in the topic has waned under the new administration. Numerous, recent press releases expressing concerns about the previous administration’s cybersecurity are still displayed on the Committee’s website.

Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Eddie Bernie Johnson (D-TX), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) sent the letter requesting hearings to Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Darin LaHood (R-IL), and Barbara Comstock (R-VA), who lead the relevant committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction over cybersecurity.

The full letter can be read here.

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