Trump surrogate: Tweet not meant to threaten Lynch
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A Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE supporter says a tweet from his account is not a call for violence against Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to a new report.

Carl Paladino on Wednesday told CNN an aide accidentally published a post with the word “Lynch” in front of the attorney general’s Twitter handle.


“I intended to say to Lynch to send the FBI report to the grand jury to decide criminality, which she is legally obligated to do,” he said in an email.

“I have never personally tweeted,” added Paladino, a Republican who ran in the 2010 New York gubernatorial race. 

"We are novices. My assistant tried to send it directly to Loretta Lynch by adding ‘@LorettaLynch.' 

“It was a well-intended mistake that the progressive press wants to take out of context.”

Paladino’s original tweet had the word “lynch” in front of Lynch’s username, The Buffalo News said Wednesday, a typo that  seemingly threatening the African-American official with lynching.

Paladino’s post appeared at 11 a.m., it reported, before being deleted about half an hour later.

The Buffalo News said Paladino attributed the tweet to unintended error from his assistant, Jackie O’Bannon. 

Paladino’s Twitter account now features a new tweet without the word “Lynch” before Lynch’s name. Another tweet explains why the original was deleted.

CNN said Paladino was weighing in on Lynch’s role in the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State.

FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said he would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Lynch said last week her agency would follow the FBI’s lead on how to handle Clinton’s use of a personal storage device as secretary of State.

Critics says Clinton’s use of the device may have exposed sensitive national intelligence and prevents accountability of her tenure at State.