Mike Cernovich, a conservative journalist, author, and activist, and Charles Johnson, an alt-right commentator and founder of the site WeSearchr, reportedly attempted to create forged documents in an attempt to “expose” Senator Chuck Schumer of sexual assault.
On Monday the 11th of December, Johnson stated that he was “currently reading the sexual harassment settlement documents of a major Democratic US Senator…”
A day later, Johnson posted this on his personal Facebook page:
“Michael Cernovich & I are going to end the career of a U.S. Senator,” Johnson posted on Facebook on Tuesday.
Cernovich replied on Twitter, saying:
However, it was later confirmed that the “document” in question was, in fact, fake. According to the Daily Beast, the forged document was designed to resemble a draft lawsuit complaint made against Schumer by a former staffer.
Soon after the pundit’s claims were made, Chumer’s office responded by releasing evidence, and pointing out that the document, as well as the signatures on the documents, were forgeries. The office also added that the document could not be true since Senator Schumer was not in the Capital, or even in the USA, during many of the dates mentioned in the document when he was said to have harassed the staffer.
“The document is a forged document and every allegation is false,” Schumer’s spokesperson Matt House said. “We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken. We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same.”
The staffer mentioned in the document also confirmed, on the condition of anonymity, that the document was a forgery.
“The claims in this document are completely false, my signature is forged, and even basic facts about me are wrong,” the former staffer said in a statement. “I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible. I parted with Senator Schumer’s office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there.”
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