CSPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully after he cracked under pressure and admitted that he lied about his Twitter account being hacked, after posting a strange Tweet to the shortest serving press secretary – actually 10 days – in President Trump’s administration.
Scully’s Tweet to Anthony Scaramucci, who emerged a never-Trumper after being fired for incompetence by the President in 2017, suggested he was asking for his advice on the debate scheduled with CSPAN.
Trump was the first to call out Scully, after he tried to cover-up his lie that he tweeted the question to Scaramucci by saying his account had been hacked.
Trump said Thursday in a Tweet, “I was right again!”
“Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked,” said Trump. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from CSPAN indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the ‘Commission.” Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?”
Scully is the host of the Washington Journal. He was selected to moderate the now-canceled town hall event. A tweet sent from his account last week suggested he had reached out to Scaramucci.
Scully issued his first statement Thursday addressing the issue.
“For several weeks, I was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets regarding my role as moderator for the second presidential debate, including attacks aimed directly at my family,” Scully wrote in a statement to CNN.
He said “this culminated on Thursday, October 8th when I heard President Trump go on national television twice and falsely attack me by name. Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a controversy, I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked.”
“These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible. I apologize,” Scully said.
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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”
#NEWS: Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.
The employees did not enter the United States Capitol and have not been charged with any crime. pic.twitter.com/0WCIOsg620
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 6, 2022
A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.
The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.
“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.
The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.
Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.
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