Abuse of Power: Brian Kemp Launches Investigation Into Democratic Hacking Of His Own Campaign
Just two days before the election, Brian Kemp launched an investigation into the Democratic hacking of his own campaign. Kemp, the current Georgia State Secretary, is running for Governor against Stacey Abrams, who was the subject of racist robocalls this week.
Kemp’s office announced the investigation on Sunday morning, claiming that “the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes.” The investigation began after an attempted hack of the state’s voter registration system, according to The Hill.
Kemp’s office added, “We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure.”
Georgia Democratic Party Executive Director Rebecca DeHart called the investigation “yet another example of abuse of power by an unethical Secretary of State.”
“To be very clear, Brian Kemp’s scurrilous claims are 100 percent false, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until a campaign operative in Kemp’s official office released a statement this morning.”
Kemp is already facing allegations that he suppressed minority voters leading up to the midterm elections. A report last month found that 53,000 voter registration applications were placed on hold just before the election. Of those applications, the majority were African-American and female voters.
In light of that report, Abrams’s campaign called for Kemp to resign. As Secretary of State, he oversees the state’s voter rolls.
Stacey Abrams told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that Kemp’s investigation was an attempt to distract voters. She added:
“I’ve heard nothing about it, and my reaction would be that this is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and have forced him to accept absentee ballots to be counted and those who are being held captive by the exact match system to be allowed to vote.”
Abrams also told Tapper that Kemp “is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures.” the democratic nominee is trying to become Georgia’s first female black governor.