Following the publication of committee records on January 6, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is requesting information from federal agencies regarding how they permitted the public disclosure of her personal information and how they intend to address any consequences that may emerge from this breach, Fox News informed.
Noem discovered that the Jan. 6 committee had exposed her Social Security number as well as the numbers of her immediate family the evening before she took the oath of office for her second term.
“A spreadsheet with over 2,000 Social Security numbers associated with trips to the White House in December 2020” was one of the hundreds of documents the committee placed online outlining the timeline of the actions leading up to the storming of the Capitol. There were numerous well-known Republicans on the list.
According to the White House logs, Noem and her husband, three children, and son-in-law visited the outgoing President Donald Trump on December 14, 2020. According to Noem, she was there “in an official role.”
Now, Noem’s legal counsel has sent a letter requesting further details regarding how the breach happened.
“These visiting records were created by the National Archives and used as exhibits at the committee hearing on January 6. Protected Personal Information from the visitor logs was supposed to be redacted before being presented as exhibits, however that wasn’t done as required by law.” The legal counsel for Noem, Woods and Fuller, sent letters to the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Government Publishing Office, and the chair of the Jan. 6 Special Committee.
Requests for comment on the leak from Fox News Digital were not immediately answered by the White House, Government Publishing Office, National Archives, or Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Democrat who serves as the chair of the Jan. 6 Committee.
The letter said that because the social security numbers had not been redacted and had been made public, Noem’s family “is now at a very high danger of identity theft and being personally compromised.”
The letter also claims that the Privacy Act of 1974 has been broken by disclosing this information, and it leaves the door open for additional legal action. The addressed parties have until January 13 to respond, according to Noem’s attorneys.
The Republican governors of Texas, South Carolina, and Texas, Henry McMaster, Alex Azar, and Ben Carson, all former secretaries of housing and urban development, are other prominent figures who were exposed to the public.