Two Indiana State Congressmen recently announced that Republican House candidate Jennifer-Ruth Green’s medical records were leaked by a member of the Air Force.
The leaked medical records contain details about a sexual assault committed against her while she was serving in the Air Force.
Indiana GOP Rep. Jim Banks and Indiana GOP Rep. Larry Bucshon released a joint statement detailing their conversation with Air Force Inspector General Lt. Gen. Stephen Davis, during which Davis admitted that the Air Force was responsible for the leaked information.
“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,” the GOP congressman 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,” Banks and Bucshon added in the statement.
The medical records show that Green, who is just weeks away from election day in her campaign to represent Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, reported that “an Iraqi serviceman sexually assaulted [her] by grabbing her breast and exposing himself” when “she and a small group of officers visited the national training center.”
Politico, who broke the story, claimed that the medical records were obtained through a “public records request.” However, rarely if ever would a service member’s medical records be pertinent to such a request.
Politico reported against the wishes of Republican candidate @JenRuthGreen that she was a survivor of sexual assault.
They said they obtained her records via a “public records request.”
Here is the Air Force saying today they were leaked to “an opposition research firm” pic.twitter.com/CuqWcWUH6r
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 26, 2022
After the Air Force’s admission, it is clear that there was no public records request for Green’s medical records. One of the Air Force’s own members stole the information and leaked it to an opposition research firm.
Green requested a criminal investigation into the leak in an Oct. 3 letter written to the U.S. attorney’s office, the Air Force inspector general, and the Dept. of Defense.
“I write to request an investigation into the unauthorized, unlawful release of my Air Force personnel file,” she wrote. “Coming as when it does — in the closing weeks of my campaign for Congress — makes me believe that this is a politically motivated attempt to impact the upcoming election.”