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Carl Paladino says Loretta Lynch tweet was an accident

Donald Trump and Carl Paladino at the Empire

Donald Trump and Carl Paladino at the Empire State Plaza on April 1, 2014, in Albany. Credit: AP / Mike Groll

ALBANY -- Donald Trump’s New York point man Carl Paladino said Wednesday’s tweet under his name, “Lynch @LorettaLynch let a Grand Jury decide,” wasn’t a call to attack the U.S. attorney general over a pass given by the FBI in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, but an inadvertent error.

“It wasn’t intended to lynch Loretta Lynch,” Paladino told Newsday after the tweet he attributed to a worker raged through Twitter. Paladino removed the tweet.

Instead, Paladino said his aide, like himself a novice to Twitter, wanted to avoid starting the tweet with Lynch’s handle, which would have only sent the message to Lynch, not broadly.

The aid responded with a tweet that accepted blame for the mistake.

“The liberal media is having a field day,” Paladino said.

“I have never tweeted before in my life,” Paladino, the millionaire developer, said. “I wouldn’t even know how to do it.”

Paladino said he expects presumptive Republican nominee for president Trump to get weeks of material from the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute Democratic candidate Clinton for mishandling classified information through her personal email server.

FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said Clinton was “extremely careless” in using a private server for official business while she was secretary of state, but recommended no criminal prosecution.

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