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Democratic congressional candidate Tom Malinowski campaigns in Flemington on August 4, 2018 (NEW JERSEY GLOBE PHOTO)

Twitter slow to delete fake Malinowski account

U.S. Capitol Police investigating, sources say

By David Wildstein, January 09 2019 5:21 pm

A fake Twitter account for Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky HIll) that appears to have been set up yesterday is now the subject of a law enforcement investigation. 

Twitter is reportedly in the process of shutting down the handle @congmalinowski, a process that moves slowly.  That process began early this morning.

In the meantime, the fake account has tweeted six times today, including a retweet of a CNN clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashing Donald Trump on the federal government shutdown, and tweets that mirror posts that Malinowski made on his official website.

Another fake account, @Tommalinowski5, was set up in November but Twitter disabled it within a day.

Sources say that the U.S. Capitol Police, which is charged with protecting members of Congress, has been made aware of the issue.

Law enforcement regularly investigates attempts to impersonate a congressman and has charged some individuals for that crime in recent years.  Law enforcement agencies sometimes have the ability to determine the identity of fake social media accounts.

The U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a 4:39 PM call seeking comment.

Malinowski took office last Thursday.  He defeated five-term Republican incumbent Leonard Lance by 16,2000 votes in the November 2018 midterm election.



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