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 TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's 2016 campaign.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump makes new overtures to Democrats Dems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Oversight Dems call for probe into citizenship question on 2020 census MORE (Md.) in a Wednesday letter urged Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans 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.

“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 TillisDems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight GOP fractured over filling Supreme Court vacancies in 2020 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 executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration Hillicon Valley: Facebook rift over exec's support for Kavanaugh | Dem worried about Russian trolls jumping into Kavanaugh debate | China pushes back on Pence House Democrat questions big tech on possible foreign influence in Kavanaugh debate MORE and called on Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower who brought the scandal to light, to testify before lawmakers.