FBI investigating after someone impersonating Pence aide texted GOP lawmakers: Wall Street Journal

The FBI is investigating fake text messages sent to Republican members of the House from someone claiming to be an aide to Vice President Pence, according to The Wall Street Journal

The imposter posed as Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary and a former House staffer, and sent text messages to several House members, including one who exchanged messages with the person.

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The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

A person familiar with the matter told the Journal the texts sought the whereabouts of some lawmakers and their availability for meetings.

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' MORE (R-Wyo.), the House Republican Conference chairwoman, is aware of the text messages and alerted the House Sergeant at Arms office, a spokesman confirmed to the Journal. 

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (R-Ill.) was one of the members who received the messages, and forwarded them to law enforcement officials.

“For months, we have referred these hoaxes to law enforcement, but only recently has there been a renewed interest to address the issue,” said Maura Gillespie, a spokeswoman for Kinzinger, told the Journal. “Congressman Kinzinger is eager to cooperate with law enforcement as they see fit.” 

A White House official told the Journal that the administration considers the texts to be a potential security threat and that the fake numbers have been blocked from White House phones.