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 ObamaAnother chance to seek the return of fiscal sanity to the halls of Congress Colombia’s new leader has a tough road ahead, and Obama holdovers aren't helping An alternative to Trump's family separation policy 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) SandersHeckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Veteran New York Dems face upstart challengers Senate passes 6B defense bill MORE (I-Vt.), to call on Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: DNC to reject fossil fuel donations | Regulators see no security risk in coal plant closures | Senate committee rejects Trump EPA, Interior budgets DNC to reject fossil fuel company donations Energy commission sees no national security risk from coal plant closures 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.