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John McCain’s private typewriter hacked

John McCain’s private typewriter hacked

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Future Viagra spokesman, former presidential candidate, and current U.S. senator John McCain routinely used a private typewriter to conduct public business while in office, according to a new report by Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post.

The typewriter was hacked last year.

Tumulty reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not at this stage know who is responsible for hacking McCain's typewriter. "We do know that during the 2016 election, Russian hackers repeatedly accessed McCain's email account and were baffled when there was nothing in the 'Sent' folder and the inbox consisted of 2,134 unread emails from HillaryClinton.com thanking John for donating to her campaign," said FBI spokesman Don Meadle. 

Meadle refused to answer any more questions, saying the agency's investigation is ongoing, before FBI director James Comey interrupted the interview and told Tumulty that he was personally reopening his investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server based on "information we don't know we have right now." 

The shocking revelation that McCain used a typewriter to conduct government business came to light after the Arizona Republic filed a public records request. On Tuesday, the courts released 71,358 pages of typed emails. An additional 13,000 pages are being reviewed by the court.

The information unveiled is so highly sensitive that much of it cannot be revealed. What can be revealed is startling, and includes an ill-thought out and failed attempt to “scare” former Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond, who portrayed McCain during the 2008 election.

Arizona Republic reporter Elizabeth Koh, who was the force behind the records request, said she felt “validated,” if disappointed.

“One after another, it turns out politicians have not been using government-approved technology,” she said. “With the lone exception of President Hillary Clinton, this has led to truly devastating information, both politically and personally.”

Koh was referring to failed presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attempts to smear Clinton for using a private email server. After a federal investigation, Clinton was cleared of wrongdoing. Her emails consistently revealed her plans to help refugees and children in need.

This story will be updated as the documents are reviewed.

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