The FBI is reportedly investigating a Huffington Post editor after he sent a “joking” tweet about tearing up Donald Trump ballots at a Washington, D.C. polling site:
Nick Baumann said it all began with a joke that the feds didn’t find particularly amusing.
On Oct. 31, 2016, Baumann tweeted: “I love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots.”
The next day, he said his tweet was “a joking reference” to an internet conspiracy of a man claiming to be tearing up Trump ballots.
Days later, on Nov. 4, Baumann, a senior enterprise editor for the site, said he got a call from the FBI — but, thinking it was a crank call, he never called back.
According to Baumann, the FBI didn’t contact him again about his tweet until Dec. 5 — over a month later:
“The reason I’m calling is — I can’t give you too many details over the phone — we recently received some complaints regarding some online postings that were made. I don’t know if you know what that’s in reference to, but would you be willing to sit down with us for a couple minutes tomorrow morning, by chance?” the agent asked, according to Baumann.
“I know this may sound ridiculous, but when we receive complaints, we have to follow them up, no matter what,” the federal agent added.
The meeting hasn’t taken place. But, Baumann writes, “The investigation is ongoing.”
Baumann wrote a long op-ed over at HuffPo about his harrowing experience, using it as proof that the FBI is “Trumpland.”
However, it’s necessary to point out that the only word we have that any of this actually happened is Baumann’s own. And if HuffPo is basically the Drudge Report for liberals, and if the Drudge Report is (according to liberals) peak “fake news,” I would take Baumann’s claim with a grain of salt for the time being.