According to an exclusive article published on Tuesday by Politico, Representatives Don Bacon and Zach Nunn have both demanded an investigation after discovering that their service records were inappropriately made public during the midterm election season.
Violation of the Law
In a statement sent to the outlet, Bacon stated he is aware the evidence has been handed over to the Justice Department; he is anticipating that those who violate the law will be brought to justice.
According to Bacon, this was more than simply “dirty tricks” on the part of Democratic strategists; instead, it was most certainly a violation of the law.
“This was more than just ‘dirty tricks’ by Democrat operatives, but likely violations of the law.” https://t.co/1zbFDF8V6z
— IJR (@TheIJR) February 21, 2023
According to Nunn, the current focus on members of Congress’ personnel and military records, as well as the breach of sensitive material stolen by political hacks, is not only a violation of the public’s confidence, but it is also a criminal offense.
Due Diligence LLC, an opposition research firm with ties to Democrats, is the target of Bacon’s plea for an investigation.
Abraham Payton, an employee of Due Diligence, was identified by the Air Force as the person who made an inappropriate request for Bacon’s records. The Air Force made the mistake of honoring the request.
According to a report in Politico, documents from the Federal Election Commission reveal that Due Diligence Group got more than $110,000 from the House Democratic campaign arm between January 2021 and December 2022.
According to the reports, Bacon and Nunn were two of the 11 persons whose personal information was unlawfully shared.
11 in Total
As per Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, “nearly all” 11 of the documents were sent to the same third-party requester.
Air Force spox Ann Stefanek said “virtually all” of the 11 unapproved releases were made to the same third party “who represented himself as a background investigator seeking service records for employment purposes.”
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) February 21, 2023
Abraham Payton, who works as a Background Investigative Analyst for Due Diligence, LLC, submitted multiple requests for their military records, according to a portion of a letter sent to Bacon by the United States Air Force Major General Troy Dunn.
In addition, the letter states that Payton made an improper request for copies of their service records.
According to Politico, Payton already had Bacon’s Social Security number before he inquired about Bacon’s personnel files.
Payton’s request was for Bacon’s personnel records. Payton once held the position of research director for the political organization known as American Bridge, which is affiliated with the Democratic Party.
The procedures that the Air Force implemented to assist in ensuring that the unlawful disclosure of personally identifiable information would not occur again are outlined in further detail in the letter that is sent to Bacon.
The letter further notes the inquiry into the case concluded that the Air Force employee responsible for the records breach did not engage in any criminal activity or have any malevolent intent.
According to reports, both Bacon and Nunn were warned by the Air Force about the “unauthorized distribution” of their respective military records.
Bacon was given the responsibility of overseeing a new House Armed Services subcommittee that is being referred to as the “quality of life panel” last week.
The group has been tasked with tackling the one-of-a-kind difficulties that military families go through daily, which may lead some service members to leave the military altogether.This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.