According to two Indiana Republican congressmen, the Air Force has confirmed that one of its personnel leaked confidential military records of Indiana Republican House candidate Jennifer-Ruth Green — which included records of a sexual assault she experienced — to an opposition research firm just weeks before the upcoming November midterm elections.
The records were then reported on by left-wing news outlet Politico, which prompted Green to demand accountability and call for an investigation into the leaking.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) revealed that they had spoken to Air Force Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stephen Davis, and that the Air Force was taking full responsibility for the leaking of Green’s military records.
Green, an Air National Guard lieutenant colonel, said that she had begged Politico not to report about her sexual assault, but reporter Adam Wren chose to do so anyway.
“We said, ‘No, please don’t [publish the assault] – and they did it anyway,” Green said of Politico and Wren in an interview with Fox News Digital earlier this month. “At one point in my life I said to my assailant, ‘No, please stop, don’t’ and he did what he wanted to do. This is the exact same situation all over again, all because there was a man who wanted some sort of gratification.”
The Republican candidate went on to accuse her opponent, incumbent Rep. Frank Mrvan (D-IN), and his allies of being responsible for the leak. At the time, a spokesman for Politico, Brad Dayspring, responded by lying and saying that the records had been obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Banks and Bucshon’s statement debunked that lie.
“On yesterday’s call, the Air Force took full responsibility for improperly releasing Lt Col Green’s confidential personnel records to an opposition research firm just weeks before the midterm election,” they wrote. “Lt. Gen. Davis informed us that the leaker has been identified and will be held accountable.”
“The Air Force completed its preliminary investigation and is currently investigating whether the leaker had a political or financial motive, whether the leaker acted alone, and if the Air Force needs to strengthen policies related to its handling of confidential records,” the statement continued.
The National Republican Congressional Committee asserted in a tweet that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee appeared to have leaked the records to Politico.
A report from the Daily Caller revealed that the DCCC had hired the Due Diligence Group, an opposition research firm, for the Mrvan-Green race, while the Mrvan campaign had hired Deep Dive Political Research.
— NRCC (@NRCC) October 26, 2022
Green tweeted about the Air Force’s acknowledgment of the leak.
“We now have confirmation that my records weren’t properly obtained through FOIA as @Politico claimed. They were obtained by a Democrat opposition research firm & their release was illegal. It’s the worst of politics. Hoosiers deserve better than @RepMrvan,” she wrote.
We now have confirmation that my records weren't properly obtained through FOIA as @Politico claimed. They were obtained by a Democrat opposition research firm & their release was illegal. It’s the worst of politics. Hoosiers deserve better than @RepMrvan.https://t.co/LC6cfP5UQD
— Jennifer-Ruth Green (@JenRuthGreen) October 26, 2022
Banks and Bucshon went on to call out the Air Force, saying that they had “improperly affected a competitive House race and must provide transparency before election day.”
“We are calling on the Air Force to publicly take responsibility for mishandling Lt Col Green’s service records,” they wrote. “Additionally, before the midterm election, the Air Force should release any information it has regarding the financial relationship between the DCCC and the opposition research firm that sent confidential records to Politico’s Adam Wren to smear a servicemember who happens to be running for public office.”
“No service member should have to fear that their confidential service records will be used against them,” they continued. “The Air Force must take immediate steps towards transparency for the sake of all veterans and servicemembers.”
Banks, who is a Navy reservist, is also the ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems.