The FBI Is Investigating The Trump Organization… But Not For The Reason You’d Think

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks, a L-R: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump look on during the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The FBI is investigating an attempted hack of the Trump organization earlier in the month, according to reports.

The FBI requested the presence of President Trump’s sons Donald Jr. and Eric for a emergency session with the FBI’s cybersecurity team along with representatives of the CIA.

From ABC News:

Law enforcement officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity confirmed the attempted hack and said the subsequent meeting took place at the FBI’s New York headquarters on May 8, the day before Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

Spokesmen for the FBI, CIA and Secret Service all declined to comment.

Reached by phone, Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the family company, would not confirm or deny that he and his brother had met with the FBI but told ABC News that the company had ultimately not been infiltrated.

“We absolutely weren’t hacked,” Eric Trump said during the brief call. “That’s crazy. We weren’t hacked, I can tell you that.”

As federal agencies monitor international computer networks in order to protect government and private sector computer infrastructure and data, the Trump Organization’s networks would be given high priority, according to Richard Frankel, a retired senior official with the FBI’s New York office and an ABC News contributor.

“If there was a hack or an attempted hack of … the company that was owned by the president, that would be at the top of the list of investigations,” Frankel said.

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“If the FBI saw that kind of hack, they’d have to track that. There’s no telling what a hacker could get that’s connected to the president, corporate records, financial records, even things that were going on during the transition.”

The source of the attempted attack still remains unknown.

 

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