It’s been tough for top Democratic leadership lately. Last week, Nancy Pelosi thought George Bush was still president and Maxine Waters thought Korea was Crimea and couldn’t remember anything about Aleppo. This week, their minds are no better.
On Tuesday, The New York Times published a tweet attributed to now-resigned national security advisor Michael Flynn. It simply said, “scapegoat.” But as it turned out, the message originated from a fake account masquerading as Flynn. NY Times editors issued an apology for the mistake but not in time for both House Minority Leader Pelosi and Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings repeated it during a news conference.
Cummings mentioned the single-word tweet and said it’s time “to hold a public hearing with Flynn to get to the bottom of this.” Pelosi spoke after Cummings, saying, “I didn’t know until I heard from our colleague that the tweet was 'scapegoat.'”
"The inference to be drawn from his statement is other people have blame that should be shared in all of this,” Pelosi added.
Both Democrats’ staff realized the error after it was too late but informed their bosses. Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said, “We will have a correction in our transcript.” Then he deferred blame away from Pelosi: "Mr. Cummings brought this up and Leader Pelosi was repeating what he said. This was not in the Leader’s prepared remarks."
Flynn resigned over discussing sanctions with a Russian ambassador during the White House transition. Democrats have called for a deeper investigation into the Flynn/Russia connection and thought they had an ace in the hole with this tweet. Not so fast.
C-SPAN has the footage:
Here's a longer version with Cummings' comments at 8:40:
Source: Business Insider