The Medileaks scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in 2016. The scandal involved the administration of Selina Meyer hacking the medical records of a young girl for a speech, and using child mortality data from the same breach for a campaign mailer for Meyer's re-election campaign.
In March 2016, the Meyer administration fired several key officials related to the breach, including long-time Meyer aide Dan Egan. In October 2016, it was revealed that some of Meyer's close allies were involved in the data hack. Bill Ericsson, who had joined the Meyer administration earlier that year, was scapegoated and arrested that November.
Considering the largeness of the scandal and how close to election day the congressional hearings occurred, it's likely that the Medileaks scandal had a large impact on the tied 2016 presidential election.
On March 24, 2016, President Selina Meyer gave an interview with 'CBS This Morning', and mentioned "the little girl down in Pine Hill, Alabama. She's HIV positive via breast milk." Later that day, people on Reddit connected the dots and found out who this girl is, 8-year-old Jennifer Graham. Only this girl's parents and doctor knew. It is later revealed that someone on the Meyer team was responsible for hacking Graham's medical and social security records. Because finding the culprit would be near-impossible, the Meyer administration looked for someone to scapegoat, with the first person let-go being Leigh Patterson. During this, Meyer herself insisted she had no idea of the data breaches but took responsibility as the President.
After Patterson's departure, the press still continued to demand a head, with Patterson not being senior enough. Dan Egan offered to fire White House liaison Jonah Ryan. However, it is revealed via Ryan's assistant, Richard Splett, that for an "I Care" Families First campaign mailer, an anonymous campaign staffer used child mortality data from the same breach that named Jennifer Graham as an HIV victim--a far greater crime than the initial data breach. Egan decided not to fire Ryan to keep this information private. Upon reporting the news back to Meyer, Ben Cafferty insisted he should be the one to go. However, Meyer instead wanted Egan fired instead. Egan was officially fired on March 28.
In October 2016, the unpopular Families First Bill failed to pass in the House of Representatives. The Meyer administration had used lobbyists Dan Egan and Amy Brookheimer to sabotage the bill considering the public's distain for the legislation could cost them the upcoming election. Congressman Moyes became caught wind of this and demanded a congressional hearing to investigate whether or not President Meyer used lobbyists to kill the Families First Bill.
During her testimony, Leigh Patterson revealed that the campaign used child mortality data from the same breach that identified Graham as an HIV victim, which was previously not known to the public. Bill Ericsson was identified as the person responsible by multiple members of Meyer's team, and was arrested on November 10. Ericsson was released from prison weeks later.
Later developments Edit
Despite Ericsson being temporarily imprisoned for the Medileaks scandal, Meyer's own involvement in the scandal would be revealed to the world in October 2018 when journalist Leon West leaked excerpts from Mike McLintock's diary. This news would not damage Meyer, as the leak would also reveal Meyer's involvement with negotiations to free Tibet, for which she was widely praise and would encourage her to launch her 2020 presidential campaign.