April 9, 2018/Press

Sen. Tillis Must Recuse Himself from Facebook Hearing Over Cambridge Analytica Conflicts

Sen. Tillis Must Recuse Himself from Facebook Hearing Over Cambridge Analytica Conflicts
Tillis, NC GOP are at the center of the brewing scandal around stolen Facebook data
Raleigh – Tomorrow, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees around the growing scandal involving Cambridge Analytica and the stolen data of 87 million Americans.
Sen. Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is at the center of this unfolding scandal. According to reports last weekend, Sen. Tillis and the NC GOP may have illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure group, the John Bolton Super PAC, through Cambridge Analytica, which had foreign nationals embedded in Sen. Tillis’ 2014 campaign.
In fact, Sen. Tillis and NC GOP may still be using the illegally gathered data and Sen. Tillis himself once met with Cambridge Analytica’s embattled CEO, though he has refused to say what they discussed. Cambridge Analytica continues to use their work for Sen. Tillis’ 2014 as a case study, and before reporters began asking questions, former Cambridge Analytica employees similarly highlighted Sen. Tillis’ race as a model.
Given his position on the Senate Judiciary Committee and at the center of this emerging scandal, Senator Tillis must recuse himself from tomorrow’s hearing.
“Senator Tillis is at the center of the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal and he needs to recuse himself from tomorrow’s hearing,”NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds said. “Senator Tillis has too many conflicts of interest to be impartial in tomorrow’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg.”
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