[This story was updated on September 26, 2019.]
CrowdStrike has found itself in the eye of a political storm, again.
In a reconstructed transcript released by the White House on Wednesday morning of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky from July 25, Trump asked Zelensky for a “favor” and to “find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine,” then ended the sentence with mention of CrowdStrike, a cloud-based cybersecurity firm.
It is unclear from the reconstructed transcript what Trump wanted the Ukrainian president to do regarding the Silicon Valley company. But in a formal complaint written by a whistleblower, which had been sent to members of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Intelligence on August 12 but was only made public on Thursday, it claims that Trump is mentioning CrowdStrike due to its role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. general election.
CrowdStrike was hired by the Democratic National Committee in 2016 to investigate how hackers, which it later identified as Russian groups, breached a DNC network and then released stolen emails from the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to Wikileaks, just months before the U.S. general election.
The July 25 call started with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his recent win in Ukraine’s presidential election, but it quickly turned to Trump asking for Zelensky’s help with an investigation into the former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He also asked Zelensky to look into CrowdStrike and the U.S. investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.