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Attorney: 'White hat hacker' tried to get Trump tax returns

6 years 1 month 4 days ago Friday, October 27 2017 Oct 27, 2017 October 27, 2017 8:15 AM October 27, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana private investigator accused of trying to illegally obtain Donald Trump's tax returns says he is a "white hat hacker" who tried to test and report a security flaw in a government website.

A defense attorney's court filing Thursday says Jordan Hamlett tried to discover "out of sheer curiosity" whether Trump's tax information could be accessed through a weakness in a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website's data retrieval tool.

Hamlett's lawyer also says his client tried to notify the IRS about that flaw last September - before the presidential election - but gave up when he couldn't reach anybody by phone.

Authorities have said Hamlett wasn't able to get Trump's tax returns.

Hamlett awaits trial in December on a charge he misused a Social Security number.

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