Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has rightfully filed a police complaint over a fake sexual harassment complaint against him, including the forged signature of a former aide. This is a vicious attack on Schumer that vividly illustrates the hatefilled madness that has taken so many citizens on both the left and the right in today’s poisonous political environment. I am heartened by the filing. Finding the culprit or culprits behind this fake complaint would take a small but meaningful step to bringing a element of responsibility back to our political discourse.
The fake complaint smeared Schumer with lurid, false details. It has been handed over to the Capitol Police. The 13-page, password-protected PDF file was sent to various media outlets under the name “Schumer_Complaint.” It was written to look like a 2012 filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The woman who allegedly filed the complaint is a staff member who worked with Schumer from 2009 to 2012 and now works for the federal government. It details dates of sexual misconduct in Washington when Schumer was actually in New York.
Both now deny being the sources of the story and Cernovich insists that he “did his homework” and ultimately rejected the story as a hoax. He has a rather poor record on hoaxes. He was one of those pushing the bizarre Pizzagate conspiracy, a claim that Hillary Clinton and her aides were part of a pedophile ring operating out of the basement of a Washington pizzeria.
Hopefully, police will find an trail on this Schumer attack and we will expose part of this dark element on the web. What is interesting is that this is a forgery designed to look like an official document (which would be serious federal and state crime if filed), but it was never actually an official document. That could knock some potential criminal charges. It could constitute mail and wire fraud and other crimes. There can also be civil liability for false light, defamation, and other torts. In other words, this person or persons may have thought that this was just more trolling on the Internet, but could soon discover that there are consequences for actions . . . even on the Internet.