House GOP investigates Bank of America providing FBI with customer data

The bank allegedly provided the FBI with its customer data unsolicited.

Updated: May 26, 2023 - 7:43am

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House Republicans on Thursday announced an investigation into Bank of America following whistleblower testimony claiming the firm voluntarily shared the private financial data of its customers with the FBI without any legal process.

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie wrote to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan on Thursday, informing him of the investigation and asking that he provide them with documents related to the bank's alleged activities in connection with the whistleblower's claims.

Just the News first reported in February that FBI whistleblowers had raised concerns about the acquisition of bank records without subpoenas. One of those whistleblowers testified to Congress recently.

The lawmakers pointed to the testimony of retired FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill, who said that the bank "with no directive from the FBI, data-mined its customer base. And they data-mined a date range of 5 to 7 January [of 2021] any BOA customer who used a BOA product." Hill further indicated that the bank had looked into its customers who purchased firearms and those who made transactions in Washington, D.C., during the date range.

Hill also indicated that the firearm purchase information had neither a date range nor geographic limit. His former supervisor has corroborated his testimony.

"This information appears to have had no individualized nexus to particularized criminal conduct, but was rather a data dump of BoA customers' transactions over a three-day period," the pair wrote. "This information undoubtedly included private details about BoA customers who had nothing at all to do with the events of January 6."

They then asked that Moynihan provide them with communications and documents related to the bank's compilation of customer data by June 8.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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