The email accounts of four senior aides at the GOP House campaign arm were hacked during the 2018 election. The FBI was alerted to the situation, but refused to comment on the case.
Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson of MS said Tuesday that Republicans "ignored election security at their own peril", adding in his statement that the GOP ignored prior Russian election meddling and "swept the issue aside" in recent years. Republican leadership, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were not told about the breach, Politico added.
The NRCC also, as has been previously reported, balked in negotiations with officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that would have kept both sides from using any hacked materials.
As first reported by Politico, the email accounts of four senior aides at the orgnanization were surveilled for several months.
The officials told Politico they believed a foreign agent was behind the attack, which they said hadn't compromised donor information. The incoming NRCC chairman, Tom Emmer, was only briefed on the attack Monday too. The DCCC hack led to internal emails and opposition research leaking to the public.
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The revelation of the hack comes weeks after House Republicans lost their majority and saw Democrats pick up close to 40 seats in the House.
The NRCC said it notified the FBI, and launched an internal investigation. In 2016, the Trump campaign used hacked DNC emails, which were published by Wikileaks, against the Clinton campaign.
"To protect the integrity of that investigation, the NRCC will offer no further comment on the incident", the statement read.
In an interesting twist, the NRCC's cybersecurity contractor is Crowdstrike, the same company hired by the Democrats to respond to their 2016 hack, which they blamed on Russian Federation.
The NRCC had already paid CrowdStrike almost $80,000 in 2017 prior to the hack, after which they paid the firm another $40,000.