Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer turned a document over to Capitol Police Tuesday which purported to document Schumer’s harassment of a former staffer, but the staffer says it didn’t happen and the document is a forgery. Axios:
Why it matters: This was an apparent effort to dupe reporters and smear a senator — both symptoms of an amped-up news environment where harassment charges are proliferating and reporters have become targets for fraud.
- The former staffer told me in a phone interview that she did not author the document, that none of the charges ring true, and that her signature was forged.
- She said she had never heard of the document before Axios took it to Schumer’s office for comment on Tuesday.
- Matt House, Schumer’s communications director, told me: “The document is a forged document and every allegation is false. We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken.”
- House continued: “We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same.”
This is typical in the media war that is going on now. With the firehose of falsehood which is the Trump administration going full blast, sowing confusion is the best game in town.