The House Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government announced they will investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Air Force. The allegations revolve around how the Air Force improperly leaked the private information of 11 of its service members to a firm that is funded by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee according to Just The News.
Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Chris Steward (R-UT) wrote a joint letter to the Secretary of the Air Force noting that this alleged act would constitute “a serious breach of law and service member privacy.” They also noted that of the 11 persons that had their private information leaked there were “at least two Members of Congress” whose personnel files were released “to an opposition research firm that received money from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” The letter cited here is an article in Politico where Representatives Zach Nunn (R-IO) and Dan Bacon (R-NE) claimed that their military records were improperly released.
A letter from Major General Troy E. Dunn to Dan Bacon acknowledged the unauthorized release and said “we held our employees accountable for failing to follow proper administrative procedures with the release of your records”. Major General Dunn maintained that no criminal action or malicious intent on the part of its employees had occurred.
In effect, the Air Force may have aided the Democratic Party’s research operation on their Republican opponents. The letter by Mr. Jordan and Mr. Steward demanded that Air Force answer questions about the “collection, maintenance, and dissemination of this sensitive information” and provide documentation and communication-related to this affair. The Air Force has, according to the said letter, until 5 pm on March 30th to provide answers and the requested material. The letter also notes that both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government are authorized to conduct an investigation and collect information regarding this affair.
The letter proclaims that the reason that these two institutions are authorized for separate reasons. “The Judiciary Committee is authorized to conduct oversight of matters related to Americans’ civil liberties pursuant to the Rules of the House of Representatives” the letter reads. It further reads that “in addition, the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is authorized by House Resolution 12 to investigate the dissemination of U.S. citizens’ information by executive branch agencies.”
Representative Chris Steward tweeted that “[m]y proudest years were spent defending our great nation in the Air Force. It’s a shame to see this sacred branch of our government weaponized, but we will right this wrong. @JudiciaryGOP will demand accountability to you, The People.”
My proudest years were spent defending our great nation in the Air Force.
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) March 16, 2023
These investigations are a part of a broader effort by Republicans to conduct much needed oversight into government malpractices under the Biden administration.