Top Dems fall for fake Flynn Twitter account

Two top House Democrats on Tuesday repeated information from a fake Twitter account purporting to belong to President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

“Something is wrong here,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

“Madam Leader, just this morning Flynn tweeted — and this is a quote here — ‘scapegoat,’ end of quote,” added Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee. "Scapegoat. He basically describes himself as a scapegoat.


“I believe we need to hold a public hearing with Flynn to get to the bottom of this. If there was any emergency at this moment in the history of this country, this is the moment.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) then echoed Cummings’s remarks.

“I didn’t know until I heard from our colleague that the tweet of Gen. Flynn today was ‘scapegoat,’ ” she said. "Do you know what a ‘scapegoat’ is?

“That means in a community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat and heap all the ills onto the goat and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference to be drawn from his statement [is] that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.”

Cummings and Pelosi were quoting a fake account that also duped Newsmax and The New York Times.

“While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened,” a tweet on the fake account said Tuesday. "But if a scapegoat is what’s needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.”

Flynn resigned late Monday following reports that he misled senior White House officials about his past conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

The Department of Justice reportedly voiced concerns about Flynn’s talks with Sergey Kislyak before Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

Reports emerged last week that Flynn and Kislyak discussed sanctions against Russia in December, contradicting later denials from Vice President Pence that the subject never came up in the pair’s calls.