by Thomas Lifson
The man who was to have moderated a town hall-style debate tonight between President Trump and ex-VP Biden has been suspended from his job as C-SPAN’s political editor after admitting to lying about his Twitter account being hacked. The Associated Press reports:
C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
Scully had asked Trump-hater Scaramucci for advice on dealing with Trump’s criticism of him as a NeverTrumper. By lying and claiming that his account was hacked (the third time he made such a claim) Scully opened Pandora’s Box, with his employer, the Commission of Presidential Debates, and the FBI announcing investigations. He likely concluded that his lie was going to be exposed and may have feared legal consequences if an FBI investigation came to that conclusion. It was the Commission on Presidential Debates that made the request to the FBI for an investigation, so it is not clear to me if Scully has any legal liability for filing a false report.