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 TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE's 2016 campaign.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFederal judge dismisses Dem lawsuit over Trump hotel in DC Cummings: Trump has 'got to be better' about condemning racism Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (Md.) in a Wednesday letter urged Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyJim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down 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 TillisOrrin Hatch: Partisanship over Kavanaugh nomination 'dumbass' Kavanaugh tells senators Mueller’s appointment was appropriate: report Senators restart talks to fix family separations 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 ZuckerbergHow tech reached a breaking point with Infowars Why we should not want Facebook, or any online platform, to ‘save’ us from Alex Jones Don't let Big Tech become Big Brother MORE and called on Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who brought the scandal to light, to testify before lawmakers.