Maxine Waters denies staffer leaked GOP senators' information, blasts 'dangerous lies' and 'conspiracy theories'
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters on Saturday denounced allegations that a member of her staff had posted the personal data of 3 Republican U.S. senators onto the lawmakers’ Wikipedia pages.
The Los Angeles Democrat asserted that the claims were getting pedaled by &ldquoultra-correct wing&rdquo pundits and sites.
&ldquoLies, lies, and more despicable lies,&rdquo Waters stated in a statement on Twitter.
The released information reportedly included the house addresses and phone numbers for U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, each of Utah.
The details appeared online Thursday, posted by an unknown individual on Capitol Hill in the course of a Senate panel’s hearing on the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The leak came sometime right after the three senators had questioned Kavanaugh.
Conservative internet sites such as Gateway Pundit and RedState reported that the IP address that identifies the supply of the posts was related with Waters&rsquo office and released the info of a member of Waters’ staff, the Hill reported.
&ldquoThis unfounded allegation is fully false and an absolute lie," Waters continued. &ldquoThe member of my staff &ndash whose identity, individual info, and safety have been compromised as a result of these fraudulent and false allegations &ndash was in no way accountable for the leak of this info.&rdquo
&ldquoThis unfounded allegation is entirely false and an absolute lie. The member of my employees &ndash whose identity, personal information, and safety have been compromised as a outcome of these fraudulent and false allegations &ndash was in no way accountable for the leak of this information.&rdquo
Waters’ statement swiftly drew criticism online, including from former White Residence press secretary Ari Fleischer.
&ldquoThis denial is angry," Fleischer wrote. "This suggests she doesn&rsquot have the temperment to be a Member of Congress. When somebody is accused of anything they didn&rsquot do, they should not be angry. They must not be defiant. They have to not question the motives of the accuser. They should be calm and serene."
Fleischer was appearing to evaluate Waters’ reaction to the Democrats’ criticism of Judge Kavanaugh, who was accused by critics of seeming also angry throughout Thursday’s hearing.
Omar Navarro, a Republican candidate operating to unseat Waters in the midterm elections, also voiced his thoughts on Twitter.
&ldquoBig if correct,&rdquo he tweeted.
In her statement, Waters mentioned her office had alerted "the acceptable authorities and law enforcement entities of these fraudulent claims.
"We will guarantee that the perpetrators will be revealed," she continued, "and that they will be held legally liable for all of their actions that are destructible and unsafe to any and all members of my employees.&rdquo
Published at Sun, 30 Sep 2018 ten:00:00 +0000