FBI Probes HuffPo Editor After “Destroy Trump Ballots” Tweet

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 7, 2016

Huffington Post’s Senior Enterprise Editor, Nick Baumann, sent a tweet just over a month ago that he probably wishes he could take back…or maybe not, they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity after all.

The following tweet was sent by Baumann on Halloween and references destroying Trump ballots at a Washington D.C. polling station. Unfortunately, while Baumann said the whole thing was just a “joke about fake news,” the FBI took it a bit more seriously.

Just 4 days later, according to an article published by Baumann today on Huffington Post, he received a call from the FBI to followup on his tweet. While he dismissed the call as a “prank” by a disgruntled reader (of which we’re sure he has many), it turned out to be quite real.

On Nov. 4, I received a call from someone who said he was an FBI agent and wanted to speak to me. I figured it was a prank. I get a lot of hate emails and angry voicemails, and I dismissed the insane possibility that the FBI would investigate an obvious joke on Twitter. I would’ve called back anyway, just to be sure. But it was right before the election, and I forgot about it.

Then, on Monday, a month later, I received a followup message. It was the same person. It turns out he really is a special agent in the Washington Field Office of the FBI.

“Sorry to bother you,” he said. “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?

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