FBI probe of attempted hack on Trump Organization could pose problems for Trump


ABC News is reporting that the FBI opened an investigation into a potential cyberattack on the Trump Organization by overseas hackers. The probe included calling an “emergency session” with Trump sons Don Jr. and Eric, though Eric Trump claims they “absolutely weren’t hacked.”

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. […]

In addition to the meeting at the FBI’s offices, FBI agents working on the cyber inquiry were also seen at Trump Tower during the week of May 8. Officials who spoke to ABC News would not say whether the subject of Russia’s hack of the 2016 election was raised during the discussions.

Eric, who’s an executive vice president at the organization, called the report “crazy,” but his aversion to it may have less to do with an actual hack attempt than the scrutiny such an attempt might invite. Retired FBI official Richard Frankel and ABC News contributor explains how a hack inquiry could get sticky for the president.

“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.” […]

“There could be stuff in there that they do not want to become part of a separate criminal investigation,” Frankel said.

Comey’s firing came a day after the May 8 “emergency session” and Trump himself has admitted to having the “Russia thing” in mind when he made his decision. In fact, that entire week was incredibly tense for the administration. The day before Comey’s ouster, Sally Yates testified before Congress about her repeated warnings to the White House concerning then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. And the day after Comey’s firing, grand jury subpoenas started finding their way to Flynn business associates, not to mention Trump’s infamous Sergey-Sergey sandwich in the Oval.

Quite a week, indeed, for an “emergency session” with the FBI.

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