In what has become a seemingly far too common occurrence, another appointee of President Trump’s administration is gone. William Bradford was director of the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy (DOE).
Word came down from DOE spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes, who said, “William Bradford tendered his resignation this afternoon and is no longer with the Department of Energy.”
Mr. Bradford has been accused of having an association with the online commenting service, Disqus, on which he has been writing offensive posts about the former president and his family, going as far back as last year.
After being linked by CNN to some reprehensible posts made about former President Obama’s late mother via Disqus, Bradford resigned fewer than 48 hours later.
The Disqus account in question included the January 2016 post: “Obama was born in Kenya. The ‘birth certificate’ released online 5 years ago is an obvious fake, and every intellectually honest person knows that.”
Later in the year, the user wrote, “Well, it is a fact: Obama is the son of a fourth-rate p__n actress and wh_re.”
When questioned about the CNN report, Mr. Bradford, who has made claims of “an ongoing federal investigation into multiple cyber-attacks and internet crimes committed against me over the past several years, to include email intrusions, hacking and impostors in social media,” stated, “No comment.”
Bradford raised eyebrows in 2015 and subsequently resigned as professor at West Point when he wrote an academic paper advising the U.S. military to target Islamic holy sites as it works to irradiate radical Islam.
Earlier this year, Bradford was accused by The Washington Post of writing tweets going back to 2016 revolving around former President Obama’s citizenship and the U.S. governments’ World War II internment of Japanese-Americans. At the time, he accepted responsibility and called his comments “inexcusable.”
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has sent letters to the FBI and the DOE asking for additional information about Mr. Bradford’s hacking claims. Both agencies declined to comment when contacted by CNN.
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