Kemp's office opens investigation into Georgia Democrats for "possible cybercrime"

Kemp's office opens investigation into Georgia Democrats for "possible cybercrime"

The office of Georgian Foreign Minister Brian Kemp, the state's Republican governor candidate, said Sunday that a Democratic Party investigation into possible undeclared cybercrime was launched following an attempted hacker attack on the state's voter registration system.

"While we can not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that it is investigating the Democratic Party of Georgia for potential cybercrime," said Candice Broce, spokeswoman for Kemp's office, in a statement.

"We can also confirm that no personal information has been violated and our system remains safe," she added.

The announcement comes two days before Election Day, when Kemp meets with Democrat Stacey Abrams in the governor's race. Kemp has rejected his calls to resign from his post as foreign minister during campaigns, with critics citing conflicts of interest.

Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Rebecca DeHart, described the investigation as "another example of abuse of power by an unethical state secretary".

"To be very clear, Brian Kemp's bizarre claims are 100 percent wrong, and this so-called investigation was unknown to the Democratic Party of Georgia until an election campaign at the official Kemps office this morning issued a statement," she said. "This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is another example of why he can not be trusted and should not monitor elections in which he is also a governor's candidate."

"Brian Kemp is desperately trying to save his failed campaign and there is likely to be more abuse of power as the elections approach, but the Georgians will continue to work hard, knocking on the phone, calling and voting to be sure does not get a promotion, "she added.

Kemp was accused of suppressing minority voters, according to a report from last month, which found that 53,000 voters before the election were only weeks before the election.

The motions primarily concerned African-American and female voters under the state's exact law of conformity, which required information about voter applications that matched those of the government.

Abram's campaign called for Kemp's resignation as he overseen state electoral lists as Foreign Minister. Abrams tries to become the first black governor of the state.

A federal judge upheld an interim injunction last week that prevented election officials in Georgia from ejecting absent ballots when a resident's signature did not exactly match the signature on his voter registration card.

The gubernatorial race has been hotly contested for months, with none of the candidates gaining a split in the polls.

A RealClearPolitics average of the surveys shows that Kemp leads by about one percentage point.

The race has attracted national attention. Former President Obama campaigned for Abrams last week President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump calls Gillum "unarmed" to be governor of Florida. Medium-term commitment to Silicon Valley Republicans tied to existing conditions MORE On Sunday, a rally for Kemp should take place.

– This report has been updated at 9:40.


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