Congress Intervenes After U.S. Government Records Breached

( )- Once the Air Force notified around a dozen individuals that their information was in the hands of a third party, some Republicans claimed that the documents were inappropriately disseminated. 

On February 8, letters were sent to former Republican House candidates Sam Peters of Nevada and Kevin Dellicker of Pennsylvania informing them that Abraham Payton of Due Diligence Group had sought their military records throughout 2018. 

They are adding their voices to those of Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Zach Nunn (R-IA) called for a probe into the “unauthorized distribution” of the documents. Jennifer-Ruth Green, a former Republican House candidate from Indiana, had her documents made public in October. 

In Peters’ and Dellicker’s case, copies of the documents were improperly sought for the purported purpose of employment and benefits. Payton, the director of research for the Democratic organization American Bridge, posed as a private investigator and requested the Social Security numbers of Republican Congress members while already possessing that information. 

The Republican Party is interested in learning whether the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee or any Democratic candidates for office were involved in collecting and using the data. 

Peters made a cogent analogy – If you hire a hitman and ask him to kill someone, you are complicit in murder. He also said if someone has their theft authorized, they are also guilty of a crime, and the DCCC must be[held accountable. He plans to do everything in his power to make that happen. 

In writing, the Air Force informed Peters that his DD Form 214 and other service personnel data were declassified in early March 2022. Even Dellicker’s DD214 was made public in February of that year. 

Eleven persons have been exposed to “military duty information” due to a leak, according to a letter addressed to the congressman on February 2. 

After learning of the leak of the documents, the Air Force initiated an audit inside the service. 

Employees from the Department of the Air Force did not properly get the member’s permission to disseminate information by obtaining an authorized signature.