The FBI has launched a probe into an attempted overseas cyberattack against the Trump Organization, according to an ABC News report.
Sources told ABC the incident summoned President Trump’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for an emergency meeting with FBI’s cybersecurity agents and CIA officials in New York on May 8, according to the report.
During that week of May 8, the report claims that FBI agents working on the cybersecurity inquiry were also seen at Trump Tower.
The timing of the meeting occurred one day before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Executive vice president of the Trump organization, Eric Trump, would not confirm or deny to the media outlet that he and his brother met with the FBI, but claimed the family company had not been hacked.
“We absolutely weren’t hacked,” he told ABC News. “That’s crazy. We weren’t hacked, I can tell you that.”
Richard Frankel, a retired senior official with the FBI’s New York office and an ABC News contributor, issued the following statement regarding the incident:
“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. “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.”
Frankel also pointed out there are inherent risks associated with the FBI’s involvement, meaning the agency could get access to the Trump Organization’s computer network or find records connected to other investigations. “There could be stuff in there that they do not want to become part of a separate criminal investigation,” he added, in reference to alleged communications between the Trump Organization and Russia diplomats to influence the 2016 election.
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