Hacker changes Seattle road sign to say 'Impeach the bastard'
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A hacker broke into an electronic road sign in Seattle on Wednesday, changing the message to read “Impeach the Bastard.”

The Seattle Department of Transportation said the sign was rented to the contractor National Barricade, and a spokesperson for the company said someone had hacked the sign’s system early Wednesday morning to change the message, local news station Q13 reports.

The sign was changed back to its initial traffic message within a few hours, and additional locks were put in place to prevent another hacking incident, the station reports.

The hack comes a day after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide On The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation MORE (D-Calif.) announced the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE amid scrutiny in recent days over reports that Trump urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Susan Rice: Trump picks Putin over troops 'even when it comes to the blood of American service members' Does Donald Trump even want a second term? MORE.


A five-page partial transcript of the president’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released on Wednesday and shows Trump urging Zelensky to speak with his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE, and urging Zelensky to "look into" his unsubstantiated allegations against Biden.

The readout offered new fuel for Democratic lawmakers who on Tuesday launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump, while Republicans have either brushed off the memo as nothing new or vowed to quash any attempt to impeach the president.

Trump, who had authorized the memo’s release, argued it would show that there was nothing wrong about his call. During a press conference after it became public, he accused Democrats of a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”