Dem rep's tip on how to not get tricked by fake tweets

Pelosi, Cummings both reference fake Flynn tweet

Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings both cited former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's comment about being the "scapegoat". She continued, "Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is?"

It was reported on Tuesday morning that other news outlets such as the New York Times were also fooled by the parody account. In one tweet, he expressed his support of the National Endowment for the Arts, at the same time of reports that the Trump administration was considering plans to abolish it. "Scapegoat. He basically described himself as a scapegoat". The NY Times has since published a correction which states, "because of an editing error, an earlier version quoted three posts from an unverified Twitter account purporting to be Mr. Flynn's, responding to the resignation".

Elijah Cummings referenced tweets from a "fake" Flynn account announcing he was made the scapegoat in the controversy over what he discussed with the Russian ambassador. "The inference to be drawn from [Flynn's] statement is that other people have blame that should be shared".

"The tweet came from the account "@GenMikeFlynn". He appeared to have deleted his Twitter account, Business Insiderreported.

During a Tuesday news conference, Pelosi and Cummings used the tweets to support their case for congressional hearings on the Flynn matter.

However, as news of Flynn's resignation was coming out, Flynn's official Twitter account was offline.

The Democrats' House Committee on Oversight later tweeted to acknowledge Cummings and Pelosi's misstatements.

The article also has a correction about when "the White House sent out a series of conflicting signals about Michael T. Flynn".

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