Dem urges House Oversight to subpoena Cambridge Analytica

Dem urges House Oversight to subpoena Cambridge Analytica
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s top Democrat is calling for the panel to subpoena the defunct consulting firm Cambridge Analytica for documents related to its participation in President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE's 2016 campaign.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop House Dem claims Judiciary chairman's DOJ, FBI subpoena is invalid Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Cummings slams family separations: 'We will not keep kids in child internment camps' MORE (Md.) in a Wednesday letter urged Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTop House Dem claims Judiciary chairman's DOJ, FBI subpoena is invalid The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe MORE (R-S.C.) to subpoena the British research firm over how much of the company — including its campaign strategy team — was staffed by foreign nationals.

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“If true, these activities appear to violate a Federal Election Commission regulation that prohibits the participation of foreign nationals in 'decisions involving election-related activities,' ” Cummings wrote.

The ranking member's letter came one day after reports that the Justice Department and FBI have opened a probe into the former company, which announced earlier this month that it would shutter following the revelation that it improperly obtained the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users.

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended in March after he was shown on hidden camera footage saying that the firm blackmails political clients' rivals.

Cummings asked that Gowdy subpoena documents from Cambridge Analytica and its board members, including Rebekah Mercer and Trump campaign manager Stephen Bannon, related to the firm’s work with the Trump campaign, as well as that of Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump MORE (R-N.C.) and national security adviser John Bolton’s Super PAC.

Since the Facebook data scandal broke lawmakers have held a hearing with Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook group raises million for detained immigrants Hillicon Valley: Verizon, AT&T call off data partnerships after pressure | Tech speaks out against Trump family separation policy | T-Mobile, Sprint make case for B merger Major tech lobbying group urges Trump to end family separations at border MORE and called on Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who brought the scandal to light, to testify before lawmakers.