(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) During the 2022 elections, multiple Republican candidates’ military records were reportedly illegally exposed to the general public, leading to continuous attacks on their persons and negatively impacting their campaigns and electoral outcomes.
These records were supposed to be confidential and not released to the public, unless the requester used channels provided by the law. The sensitive records, by contrast, were obtained by tricks and lies, according to 100 Percent FedUp.
One of the more insidious cases was that of Republican congressional candidate Jennifer-Ruth Green. Democrat opposition research company Due Diligence Group LLC exposed the veteran as a victim of sexual assault. Aside from the leak making her relive a previous trauma, it also opened her to a nationwide backlash from members of the opposition and her party.
An Air Force spokesperson revealed that the Democrat opposition researchers lied to obtain the information. The spokesperson said that the organization hid behind an employment background-check ruse to get the information.
Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Rep. Zach Nunn, R-Iowa, also had their military records and information released without their consent. According to Bacon, Airforce Secretary Frank Kendall told him that an internal probe revealed that 11 people’s information was released without proper authorization.
Bacon noted that Frank said the results of the probe would be sent to the Department of Justice. However, he didn’t state if the DOJ would launch a formal investigation into the report. Despite this, Bacon has called for a probe into the role Due Diligence Group LLC played in obtaining his records.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., is looking to make the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accountable for its involvement in the leak. This is because reports have it that the DCCC paid the opposition research firm involved with the leak more than $100,000 over two years. He has charged the DOJ to investigate the matter.
“This systematic weaponization of Republican candidates’ military service against them is beyond disgusting,” Hudson said. “It is time for the DCCC to stop hiding and face accountability for their actions.”