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C-SPAN's Steve Scully suspended after admitting to lying about Twitter hack

C-SPAN suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely on Thursday after he confessed to lying about his Twitter account being hacked following an exchange with former White House aide-turned President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE critic Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' C-SPAN's Steve Scully completes his three month suspension MORE.

Scully was slated to moderate the second presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE scheduled for Thursday night. The Commission on Presidential Debates canceled the event Friday after the president declined to do the debate virtually after testing positive for COVID-19.

C-SPAN announced last week it was conducting an investigation into the alleged hack. 

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Scully had come under fire from the president who called him a "never Trumper" during an interview on Fox News. Scully tweeted "@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump" in response. Scaramucci, the former White House communications director who is now a vocal critic of Trump, told Scully to ignore it.

In a statement Thursday, C-SPAN lauded Scully's 30-year track record of "fairness and professionalism" and noted he understood that he "made a serious mistake."

“So after some distance from this episode, we believe in his ability to continue to contribute to C-SPAN," the network said.

Scully said in a statement he had grown frustrated by criticism of him being chosen as a moderator for the second debate.

"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 said in a statement on Thursday. “Out of frustration, I sent a brief tweet addressed to Anthony Scaramucci. The next morning when I saw that this tweet had created a new controversy, I falsely claimed my Twitter account had been hacked. These were both errors in judgment for which I am totally responsible for. I apologize.”