Trump nominee blames 'internet crimes' for inflammatory comments against Obama

Trump nominee blames 'internet crimes' for inflammatory comments against Obama
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William Bradford, the man President Trump has appointed to head an office under the Department of Energy, has blamed "cyber attacks and Internet crimes" for derogatory comments made against former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE by an online user appearing to be Bradford.

"I cannot comment on an ongoing federal investigation into multiple cyber attacks and Internet crimes committed against me over the past several years, to include email intrusions, hacking and impostors in social media,” Bradford told CNN on Monday. 

His statement comes after CNN’s KFile unearthed various comments from a user appearing to be Bradford on the comment-hosting platform Disqus. CNN’s research connected the account to Bradford via Google cache.

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One of the comments from the user refers to Obama as “the son of a fourth-rate p&*n actress and w@!re." 

Another comment from the same user says Obama’s birth certificate is “an obvious fake.”

"The 'birth certificate' released online 5 years ago is an obvious fake, and every intellectually honest person knows that. It was probably created to cover up the fact that his mother, Stanley Dunham, had an affair with Frank Davis and tried to fool Obama Sr by having the baby in Kenya,” the comment reads.

Bradford, who Trump appointed to head the Office of Indian Energy, came under scrutiny earlier this year for offensive tweets, including one where he referred to Obama as “a Kenyan creampuff,” as reported by The Washington Post.

The tweets caused several senators, including Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight MORE (I-Vt.), to call on Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPerry rejects calls to sell off emergency oil reserve Harvey, Irma show the skyrocketing costs of climate change Overnight Energy: Gary Cohn to meet climate ministers at UN MORE to fire Bradford.

“While he has since apologized for his deeply offensive and hurtful statements, we are concerned that Dr. Bradford’s character, as demonstrated by his past statements and writings, make him unfit to lead an important program like the Department’s Office of Indian Energy,” the senators wrote.