Not Russia: Curious lack of media attention for House IT staffers and criminal investigation

A few days ago, news began to break about a criminal investigation into staffers who work for members of the US House.  Reports raise questions about the staffers The Daily Caller said managed IT services for “members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers.” 

Politico has also reported on it:

“Five House employees are under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.”

Politico didn’t publish names of the staffers or the members of Congress. Nor does the Politico story contain the word, “Democrats.”

The Daily Caller did name employees, saying they are currently “barred” from House computer networks.

TDC said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was one of the members affected. Schultz served as head of the Democrats’ national party organization. She made news headlines after a hack as the 2016 presidential campaign was nearing the finish line. As a result of the hacked (or leaked) material, Shultz resigned her position.

Zero Hedge featured a photo of former president Bill Clinton (Democrat) with one of the employees allegedly included in the investigation. Campaign information of Clinton’s wife Hillary was also hacked or leaked.

Democrats like President Barack Obama and Republicans like Sen. John McCain (AZ) repeatedly blamed Russia for assorted material related to Democrats that was given to WikiLeaks.

Based on what we know so far, does this investigation raise questions about a potential connection between the investigation and the leaked materials? It appears all the members of Congress who used these staffers’ services were Democrats.

Despite the fact the story is highly significant, considering it impacted members who serve on the House Intel committee, most national media have largely refrained from digging into it. No arrests have been made yet; the investigation is ongoing.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/Feb. 6, 2017)

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Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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