The Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair and C-SPAN said Friday that the Twitter account of Steve Scully, the scheduled moderator of the second presidential debate, had been hacked.

“Steve is a man of great integrity, okay?” Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf said, according to Fox News. “I don’t know this question about whether he tweeted something out or not, I do know, and you’ll probably pick up on it in a minute, that he was hacked… Apparently, there’s something now that’s been on television and the radio saying that he talked to Scaramucci… He was hacked. It didn’t happen.”

C-SPAN also said that Scully did not “originate” the tweet and “believes his account was hacked.”

The announcements come after a tweet from Scully’s account drew attention on social media Thursday night. The tweet asked former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci what to do about President Donald Trump.

“@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump,” Scully’s account tweeted. It was not immediately clear what Scully was referring to. The tweet has since been deleted.

Editor’s Note: the following paragraph originally stated that Scully IS set to moderate the second debate. It has been changed to reflect the cancelation of the debate by the CPD.
Scully was set to moderate the second presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced in September. The October 22nd debate has now been canceled after the commission tried to change the format to a virtual debate – a format that favors the ailing former vice-president.

Scaramucci retweeted Scully’s tweet Thursday evening with the caption: “Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down.”

“I accept @SteveScully at his word,” Scaramucci tweeted Friday. “Let’s not cancel anymore people from our culture for absolutely something like this. It’s insignificant. He is an objective journalist.”

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