The Liz Cheney-led House January 6 Committee released the Social Security numbers belonging to hundreds of Americans, including former Trump staffers and other top Republican officials.
The now disbanded committee told the Washington Post that 1,900 Social Security numbers belonging to people who visited the White House in December 2020 were “inadvertently” published without redaction.
This a catastrophe for the people on the list as they are now at an “elevated risk” to be victims of identity theft-related crimes. It is a nightmare to get hit with one of those crimes that can take years to untangle.
Prominent names on the list include South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
What specific measures and remedies will be taken to protect our identities? pic.twitter.com/HWBu5ukWPP
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) January 6, 2023
Noem’s kids were even exposed by the leak and now have to deal with having their most sensitive information out there for any crook to grab.
Noem was furious:
“My lawyers have asked the @WhiteHouse, the @USNatArchives, and @BennieGThompson
which of them is responsible for leaking the Social Security Numbers of me, my husband, my 3 kids, and my son-in-law.
“What specific measures and remedies will be taken to protect our identities?
The committee didn’t even bother to notify officials of the leak. Ian Fury, a spokesman for Noem, said:
“To my knowledge, we were not notified. The governor was not notified.”
Ben Carson said:
“Whether it was a careless and sloppy handling of records or a deliberate disregard of decorum, either scenario is a perfunctory and callous display of government and a frightening reminder of the current state in Washington.
“President Reagan was a savant indeed — the nine most frightening words to hear are ‘I am from the government and here to help.’”
House Jan. 6 Committee leaks thousands of Trump allies’ Social Security numbers: Report – https://t.co/Ghgqw9IuJb
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 7, 2023
Take a look at the work our @SD_Guard Soldiers and Airmen are doing as they plow snow and deliver firewood to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. @SouthDakotaDOT @SDPublicSafety pic.twitter.com/mqGIjLkcb3
— S.D. National Guard (@SD_Guard) December 30, 2022
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