Kristi Noem levels attack at Jan. 6 committee — accuses panel of hacking her phone
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) recently took aim at the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
The Republican governor insists her personal cell phone “has been hacked and used to make hoax calls.” According to The Hill, she also claims "her phone was hacked following the release of her and her family’s personal information, including her social security number, by the House Jan. 6 committee."
In a statement released on Monday, January 23, Noem expounded on the situation which she insists stems from the investigation.
“Callous mishandling of personal information has real world consequences,” Noem said in a statement. “If you get such a phone call from my number, know that I had no involvement.”
Noem also indicated that she has requested that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Congress further investigate what transpired.
The South Dakota governor's statement comes just weeks after a report revealed "nearly 2,000 Social Security numbers of former President Trump’s closest allies, including Cabinet members and Republican governors, were inadvertently disclosed in a spreadsheet that the committee posted along with a number of other records," per The Hill.
Since the leak, the document was removed. However, lawmakers are still hoping for a resolution to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Now, Noem and other Republican lawmakers are pushing for a widespread ban of the Chinese-owned social media app, TikTok, across all U.S. government-registered devices.
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