SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is calling for an investigation after Social Security numbers belonging to her and her family were publicly exposed.
The Washington Post reported 14 days ago that the House Jan. 6 committee had posted almost 2,000 Social Security numbers connected to people who visited the White House at the end of 2020 when former President Donald Trump was still in office. According to that report from Aaron Schaffer and Patrick Marley, Social Security numbers by Noem’s name as well as the names of her children and husband were posted online; other political officials were listed as visitors, too.
The governor spoke about it in an interview with CBS News this week.
“We weren’t even notified that they had violated our personal security information,” Noem said to CBS News.
Amelia Joy, Noem’s press secretary, says the governor’s team first learned of the leak from a journalist who reported that article. Now, in a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland and another letter to U.S. House leadership, Noem wants answers. She says the Social Security numbers were not redacted from White House visitor logs provided to the Jan. 6th committee.
The governor is asking Garland to investigate the leak. While Noem has blamed the Jan. 6 committee on Twitter and in a news release, she says in the letter to House leadership “If the blame lays at the feet of the January 6th Committee, then an investigation should be commenced by the House Ethics Committee.”
KELOLAND’s Dan Santella reached out to the governor’s office and requested an on-camera interview for this report but was told Noem was unavailable on Friday.